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Military Veterans visit Welsh Valley Middle School
Military Veterans visit Welsh Valley Middle School

Welsh Valley Middle School recently welcomed a distinguished group of Military Veterans into their sixth grade social studies classrooms to speak with students in advance of Veterans Day, which is being held on November 11, 2019.

When members of the various Armed Forces - Army Recruiter Sergeant Anthony Rivera, Kelly Florence (Army Criminal Investigator), Army Sniper Sergeant Daniel Ervin, 2nd Class Petty Officer Dan Jackson (Navy, Vietnam Veteran), 2nd Class Petty Officer William Mulliken (Navy Seabee), Paul Malarick (Marine Corp, American Legionnaires) and Army Ranger Sergeant Thomas Devitero - arrived in the cafeteria, students and staff welcomed them with a rousing, extended standing ovation in appreciation of their service and the sacrifices they have made for our country. Following their arrival, the honored guests enjoyed a special lunch in the cafeteria and handed out American flags and U.S. Army stickers to students before walking around the lunchroom to shake hands, give high fives and speak with students.

After lunch, the Military Vets spent the rest of the afternoon in social studies classes as they discussed the reasons they chose to serve their country, what it means to serve, the skills needed to be in their respective branches of the Armed Forces and other topics. Students were able to ask questions and interact with each of the Veterans throughout the day, which was designed to promote awareness for and give thanks to the men and women who have served our country. To view a slideshow of pictures from throughout the day, click on the image below.

LMSD's Strategic Plan, "All Forward," provides a framework for a collective, intentional and positive approach to change. Its five aspirational pathways guide us toward continual innovation and transformation to further educational excellence for every student. This event serves as an example of Strategic Pathway #2: Transformative Curriculum. To learn more about #LMSDAllForward and the Strategic Pathways, click here.

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