Schuylkill County students show appreciation for veterans with drive-thru event

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SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Though a lot of protocols have changed because of COVID-19, the Schuylkill Haven Area School District wasn’t going to let it stop them from celebrating their veterans.

“We are here to honor veterans,” said Grady Hughes, a Fourth Grade Student.

COVID-19 has changed a lot of things this year, but Schuylkill Haven teachers made sure their students were still able to honor veterans. Teachers like Leah Adams.

“I came up with the idea because I know that, as like everything else, that was probably going to be cancelled this year. Usually we have all of our veterans in all of our three buildings every year and I knew that was not going to happen because of the regulations and restrictions this year,” said Leah Adams, a Third Grade Teacher.

Superintendent of Schools Shawn Fitzpatrick says if people can drive up to get their groceries, then veterans should be able to drive up to be celebrated by his students.

“It was just too important to say we cannot have it because of COVID-19, so we said what if we take our program outside where we can keep our masks on, spread kids out and salute our veterans without them having to leave their vehicles,” said Fitzpatrick.

And it wasn’t just about hosting an event. Teachers have been teaching these students what the day truly means.

“They are wearing red, white and blue today as well so they know what it means to support veteran and pay honor and respect to them,” said Adams.

Respecting those who put their lives on the line for our country.

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