Jockey Hollow students learn about military life and families

MONROE, CT — Sixth graders on Jockey Hollow Middle School’s main campus learned about life in the military and in a military family from Army Master Sgt. Eric Brainard and his children on Friday. Family members of students and staff also joined the Veterans Day assembly and participated in a question and answer period.

“The JHMS main campus has a long tradition of honoring our veterans through storytelling,” said Principal Julia Strong. “We are blessed to have many students and staff with family members willing to share their experiences.”

Students read from “America’s White Table”, a book about those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and an evocative white table with a place setting was in Gretchen Conte’s classroom for students to reflect upon.

Sixth graders also made holiday cards of gratitude to be distributed through the VFW.

“Our bulletin board in the main lobby contains tributes to family member veterans,” Strong said. “Students researched the service and stories about family members who are veterans.”

Jockey Hollow’s eight-graders learned about Operation Enduring Freedom from Lt. Col. Van Deventer and had an inspiring lesson about life in the Navy from former pilot George Philbrick, Strong said.

“A very heartfelt thank you to our veterans for your time this year, and for your service to our country,” she said.

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