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The Laurel Plains Elementary gymnasium was a sea of red, white and blue this morning during the school's annual Memorial Day celebration.
Under the leadership of Principal Carol Pilla and Music Teacher Kara Royal, Fourth Grade students sang songs, shared historical information, read poety, honored military personnel lost in battle and recognized military personnel currently serving our country.
The Guest Speaker was County Executive Ed Day who provided inspiring words for the audience regarding the need to recognize those individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country while losing their lives in battle, as well as to honor and respect current members of our United States Armed Forces.
Also recognized was Tim Connors, a West Point Graduate who is currently Director of the Camp Smith Site under the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. Connors is the spouse of Dr. Ellen Connors, the Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for the Clarkstown Central School District.
Under Ms. Royal's leadership, students sang the following selections: What a Wonderful World, Heart of America, and God Bless the USA.
The program eneded with the history and playing of Taps, as led by Fourth Graders Mallory Dinsay and Ashley McMahon.
Memorial Day was originated as Decoration Day following the Civil War in 1868. The Birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York.
Board of Education Members Tammy Bierker, David Gosman, and Walter Litvak were in attendance for the event as was K-12 ELA/Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator Michelle Zernone, Retired Executive Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Arnold Fucci and Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann.
The parking lot at Chesnut Grove was a busy place yesterday.
Parents and their children were coming and going throughout the afternoon and early evening hours to view the Elementary Art Show on display inside the Administrative Building hallways.
Elementary Art teachers were in attendance, along with District Office Administrators, to view the numerous paintings, drawings and pieces of art work. Congratulations to the students and their teachers for sharing this outstanding creative work.