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Assistant Superintendent James Ricottta, left, stands with Intermediate East teacher Casey Kanarkowski after an interactive lesson on D-Day.

June 4, 2021-- Intermediate East social studies teacher Casey Kanarkowski-- last seen as George Washington-- hosted another interactive lesson on history, this time with a focus on D-Day.

On June 6, 1944, the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in a World War II battle that would later be termed as "D-Day." Mr. Kanarkowski wanted to pay tribute to "the greatest generation" by involving his students in an interactive forum during which they heard the story of the historic day from a staff officer of the Allied Forces, and watched archival footage.

Some of that footage featured 1st Sgt. Leonard "Bud" Lomell, a local Toms River hero who, while wounded, still managed to climb the beach cliffs and disable several guns (more below).

District administrators and board members were in attendance for the lesson, which was also filmed by TRSTV.

"This was so well received by the students," said Assistant Superintendent James Ricotta, "and I was happy to be able to witness such a powerful lesson first hand."

Kudos to Mr. Kanarkowski for going above and beyond to engage his students, and bringing history to life.

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From left to right, Intermediate East Principal Bryan Madigan; Board Vice President Anna Polozzo; Board member Lisa Contessa; teacher Casey Kanarkowski; Assistant Superintendent Cara DiMeo; and Board member Kathy Eagan

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