This year, McGilvra Elementary students and faculty continued the tradition of honoring veterans by hosting an assembly and supply drive in observance of Veterans Day. Second grade Teacher Tammie Le organized the assembly which took place on November 8th. The entire student body — kindergarten through 5th grade — crowded into the school’s gymnasium to meet and learn from veterans and current service members.
The children sang songs and waved flags in appreciation of the sacrifice, hard work, and dedication of our service members. Several local veterans were in attendance. Park Shore resident, Guy Falscow, who served in the US Navy during the Korean War, shared his story about enlisting in the Seabees after college. He described his military service as “being a GPS before there was GPS,” mapping the ocean floor as a surveyor in the 1950s. Family members with children and grandchildren in attendance shared stories about serving their country in one form or another. During the month prior to the assembly, students participated in a care package drive, collecting items and creating greeting cards to be sent to soldiers deployed around the world.