Hooper Avenue Elementary School held its annual "Take a Veteran to School Day" program last week. The school hosted over a dozen military veterans who served in the country’s armed forces. The veterans who represented the various branches of the military were welcomed to the school by Principal Mr. Hughes and Supervisor of Instruction Ms. Manna.
After the school’s morning announcements, The Star-Spangled Banner and Taps were played. The veterans were recognized for their service by standing as music teachers Mrs. Simone and Mrs. Szakal performed the Armed Forces Medley.
Upon completion of the Armed Forces Medley, the veterans were escorted to the 3rd through 5th grade classrooms by event organizers, Mrs. Husenica and Mr. Hynoski. There, the veterans spoke to students about their service in the military, the training they endured, and the sacrifices they made.
At the conclusion of the event, Toms River Mayor Mo Hill presented Mr. Hynoski and Mrs. Husenica with a certificate on behalf of the Office of the Mayor and Council commending the program.
Participating in the program were veterans who are currently serving in the military and there were veterans who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, and Enduring Freedom.
At the end of the event, the veterans were treated to a continental breakfast provided by local businesses such as Starbucks, Tri-City Plaza, Silver Bay Bagels, ShopRite of Fischer Bay, Stop and Shop Route 37, Flowers by Addalia, Narcissus Florist, and Ob-Co Donuts.