Burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories with a stroll along Jean’s Trail (off Racoon Way in the Stormfield preserve). Meet at 11:00 AM at 313 Redding Road – take the dirt drive directly across from Lee Lane and follow to end. It’s an easy to moderate family-friendly hike through woods and around a dammed pond.
Snow or rain cancels – bundle up for the chilly temps. Hiking boots recommended.
Written by the students in Mr. Farina’s grade 4 language arts class: Austin Bradford, Chloe Chiang, Aurelia Martin, Allison Prugh, Zach Prugh, Lyra Robinson, Ripley Robinson, Miley Stuart, Lilia Vero, and Sassy Wood
Redding Elementary School was honored to host 11 veterans for their Veterans Day celebration on Monday, November 12, 2018.
In preparation for this special occasion, classrooms decorated the hallways with banners, handmade flags, and poppies. Poppies are an important symbol of this holiday because of a woman named Moina Michael. She was so moved by the poem, “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae, that she developed a campaign to make the poppy the national flower for sacrifice.
Students and staff came to school dressed in their best patriotic red, white, and blue outfits. The veterans enjoyed a delicious breakfast sponsored by the PTA and then headed down to the big gym where the whole school sat in anticipation for the arrival of the guests of honor.
Our ceremony began by singing “America The Beautiful” accompanied by one of our music teachers, Mrs. Weiss. Five Eagle Scouts, processing in with the American and Connecticut flags, led the veterans down an aisle between a standing ovation of preschool through 4th grade students. The veterans proceeded up onto the stage and our principal, Mrs. Hammond, welcomed everyone and led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance. Our Assistant Principal, Mr. Basta, introduced the veterans who each received a well deserved applause. Students from Mr. Farina’s 4th Grade Language Arts class had the pleasure of reading short pieces of information and history about our United States military, Veterans Day, and Military Families Month. Our ceremony concluded with a recessional out of the gym led by the Eagle Scouts to “This Land Is Your Land,” with added melodies by the 3rd and 4th grade choruses.
The day’s celebration continued with the veterans visiting our classrooms. In grades 3 and 4, the veterans spent time with the students in a Q&A session. Many classes had prepared questions ahead of time, but the conversations sparked many spontaneous inquiries. Students in grades 1 and 2 also had the opportunity to ask questions, but they were also treated to a read aloud by the visiting veteran. Kindergarten and preschool students were visited by a veteran as well!
Redding Elementary School is so thankful to all of the veterans and Eagle Scouts who participated in our day of celebration for the men and women, past, present, and future of our armed services.
Pictured in the photograph with Board of Education member Colleen Pilato, Principal of RES Natalie Hammond and teacher Matthew Farina are the veterans who visited Redding Elementary School on Monday, November 12: Private Lawrence Bassett, Sergeant Jerry Bergman, Specialist Larry Birch, Lieutenant William Brown, Seaman Thom Field, Sergeant Richard Grosso, Lieutenant John Lemke, Staff Sergeant Milton Magnussen, Seaman Paul Williams, and Captain Sage Woodward Photo: Kri Tartaglia