Jefferson School Bustling with Fall Activity

Jefferson School first graders penned letters for Veterans Day.

November 17, 2016

Jefferson Primary School is bustling with activity this fall. There’s plenty to keep students busy on any given day, including many fun initiatives that capture the imagination of youngsters in a variety of ways.

While folks across the United States were caught up in the recent election campaigns for federal offices, Jefferson students learned more about the voting process and how democracy works.

Principal Valerie Capitulo-Saide and teachers made it easy for students to understand how America goes about choosing its leaders. The simplicity resonated with the youngsters.

Students in each class voted for their favorite superhero, choosing from among Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman. “Before voting, the children learned about each of the superhero candidates, their background and super powers and how they are dedicated to helping the public,” Ms. Capitulo-Saide said.

The Jefferson youngsters even created posters, writing about which superhero they would like to see win their classroom election.

Jefferson First Graders Write to Veterans

In recognition of Veterans Day on November 11, Jefferson first grade teacher Mariana Irigoyen worked with her students on writing letters to veterans thanking them for their service to the United States.

Ms. Irigoyen collaborated on the project with Jefferson reading teachers Allison Muradyan and Louise Sugrue. The youngsters were very pleased with the finished products. They even gathered together in their classroom and posed for a commemorative photo while holding up and displaying their respective letter.

Originally known as Armistice Day, which commemorated the cessation of World War I hostilities on November 11, 1918, Veterans Day evolved following World War II and the Korean War as a way to honor veterans of every war. President Dwight Eisenhower signed into a law in 1954 a bill codifying the Veterans Day observance on November 11. The day typically includes parades and observances at monuments and national cemeteries across the country.

Jefferson students cast ballots for their favorite superhero.
Jefferson students gathered near the election ballot box.