Middlebrook Elementary School showed its true Red White and Blue on Friday, Nov. 10, in a school-wide assembly celebrating Veterans Day. The students, teachers and administrators thanked members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.

Members from Port 5 Naval Veterans, led by Commander Richard Iannucci, served as color guard. Family members who have served or are currently serving in the branches of the armed forces were honored and celebrated.

Commander Iannucci shared a personal story of his experience in Vietnam.  He encouraged students to grow up willing to help neighbors, both the elderly and the young alike.  He also expressed the importance of staying in school and being respectful to our families.

Principal Frillici and Curriculum Director Dr. Jonathan Budd, echoed the Commander’s comments, advising that the best way to find ourselves is to be lost in service to others. Dr. Budd challenged the students to not wait until they’re adults to begin serving others.  Instead, he asked that the students identify one act of service that they can perform today or in the near future.  Some students shared the following ideas of how to serve others: Help an elderly neighbor rake leaves, donate food or money to those who are less fortunate.

Lastly, we salute members of the Middlebrook School family who have served.  Thank you to Mr. Lemoine and Mr. Elliff for your service.

For information, please contact the school office at 203-452-4411.