Beecher Road School, on November 11, celebrated the Nation’s veterans with a special ceremony in the school’s South gym. Community members who have served, as well as relatives of local students who have served were invited to attend, and were greeted with hearty applause from a grateful audience.
Unfortunately, since moving the event indoors, the school cannot invite members of the public to attend the event. The school does not have a big enough space to accommodate its 840 students, faculty and administrators as well as invited officials.
First Selectman Beth Heller, state Rep. Themis Klarides, R-114, and state Sen. George Logan, R-17, addressed the school community.
Representative Klarides reminded students that a long time ago women could not vote or hold office. “Thanks to these amazing people I am here now,” she said.
Senator Logan also encouraged students to thank veterans for their service. “Make sure you thank them,” he said. He also congratulated Bill Letsch and the Beecher band as well as Janine Lempke and her chorus for the patriotic music they provided. Logan, who plays the guitar in his spare time, promised that next year he would bring his instrument to accompany them for the National Anthem.
Beth Heller also thanked the veterans in the audience for the safety and security they provide. She said on Veterans Day “we remember the end of the Great War (World War I) and the hope for lasting peace.” Unfortunately, that hope was dashed pretty quickly when an even bigger war broke out just 20 years later. “But,” Heller said, looking over the children assembled at her feet, “We hope for the kids to lead us there one day.”
Collection for the troops
Beecher Road School also is participating in The Shoreline Community Women collection of care kits for troops around the globe. Items sought:
- Toiletry items such as shampoo & conditioner (small bottles); mouthwash, chapstick, band-aids and blister kits; Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, foot powder, deodorant, baby wipes/wet ones (smaller packages or individual packs);
- Food items such as beef jerky/meat sticks, peanut butter, individually packaged snacks, Rice Krispy treats, power/protein bars, granola bars, raisins, powdered drink mix; also Crystal light, Gatorade, fruit punch, iced tea mix; dry soup mix; tea bags, coffee bags, instant coffee; hot chocolate dry mix, ground coffee. Also, nuts, spiced mix, trail mix (single serving is best); candy, hard candy, lollipops, Starburst, Twizzlers, gum;
- Other items such as writing paper, note cards, envelopes; pens; Sudoku/puzzle books; magazines, playing cards and small games; paperback books, movies on DVD. Also, disposable cameras, sunscreen and bug repellent (not aerosol cans); hand/foot warmers, socks, in particular athletic white or dark.
The Shoreline Community Women (SCW), a 501©(3) organization, also accepts monetary donations to defray shipping expenses. Checks are payable to “Shoreline Community Women.”
SCW supports all branches of the military, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the USCG. If you know anyone deployed who would appreciate a care package, contact SCW with the military address and deployment end date. They do not have to live in this area.
- First Selectman Beth Heller speaks at the Veterans Day ceremony at Beecher Road School
- Beecher Road School students acknowledge the service of Veterans (standing) with hearty applause
- Beecher Road students pay respect to the veterans, singing the National Anthem
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent