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Randall Notebusters Prepare Veterans Day Ceremony

On Friday, November 9th at 8:15 a.m., Randall School will be honoring veterans and members of the military with a special ceremony. The Randall Notebusters group is made up of students in grades 3 and 4. This is a volunteer group. Students that wanted to be in Notebusters had to write a letter to their music teacher, Heidi Shelley, explaining why they wanted to be in the group. The group meets Wednesday mornings and prepares songs for special events around the District and various field trips. For example, last year the group sang at the District Art Show at the High School.

Adriana Walton is a student at Randall and a second-year member of the Notebuster group. Adriana said,  “I wanted to join Notebusters because I like singing and making new friends. We go on field trips to help people in the community. On Friday, we are going to be singing at the Veterans Day ceremony. We have prepared three songs: “God Bless America,” “Proud To Be An American” and “On Veterans Day.” Students are able to bring in a neighbor or family member that is a veteran or military member, and that person will be recognized at the ceremony.”

In addition to singing songs for the Veterans Day ceremony, the students decided to raise money for local veterans groups and to collect items that are on the VA Hospital’s wish list. Randall student, Emma McGovern said, “we are selling bracelets to raise money for the local veterans. I want to raise money for local veterans groups so we can thank them for serving our country.”

Heidi Shelley is the music teacher that is in charge of the notebuster group. She has a special connection to the military as she has a son that is currently stationed in Africa. Mrs. Shelley said, “It’s important to teach our students about patriotism and to care for those who protect our country. We have a history at Randall of honoring our veterans for Veterans Day, and it always means a lot to them. The fourth graders who were in the group last year, remember the veterans’ response to our program last year. Several of those students approached me when we started up again this year, and asked if we could sing for them again.”

The Notebusters are also collecting items for the VA hospital in Syracuse. Items are from a wishlist on the VA Hospital’s website, and should be kept in the original packaging. Items included are shaving cream, toothbrushes, nail clippers, adult sized sweatpants and sweatshirts, combs, and crossword puzzles. If you want to donate any of these items, please bring them to the main office at Randall Elementary School with them labeled “Attention: Heidi Shelley.” Brandon Pickard a student at Randall Elementary said, “We want to donate items to the VA hospital because we want to thank them for serving our country. I really like helping people and I really like Veterans because they help protect our nation.”

The ceremony at Randall is at 8:15 a.m. on Friday. The fundraising for the VA hospital and local veterans charities goes on during the month of November! To read more click here.



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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