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Racebrook Students: “We Love Our Heroes, the Veterans”

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Nov 142020
 

Race Brook School was committed to preserving its tradition of honoring veterans this year.

The school’s lawn was patriotically decorated with American flags and bright red paper poppies made by students. A large multi-colored banner was visible as cars and buses drove up the school’s driveway reading: We Thank Our US Veterans.”

The school collected more than $600 in donations for House of Heroes, an organization that assists veterans with much-needed home repairs. Students decorated paper soldiers representing all branches of the military that were hung up on classroom windows.

There was a schoolwide moment of silence at 11:00 am followed by a video presentation of Taps in each classroom. First-grade teacher Kathy Battles delivered thank you letters and acrostic poems from students throughout the school to the Veterans Hospital.

Sixth-grade students wrote enthusiastic acrostic poems on posters dedicated to veterans. Some of the posters went to the American Legion Post in Orange. Additionally, each grade level learned a song during Music class as a tribute to veterans.

The special activities for the day were planned and organized by the Veterans Day Committee: Kellie Martino, Tina Denton, Kathy Battles, Jill Volmar, and  Janet Greenspan. The Committee knew the activities would need to be modified to address protocols guarding against the spread of the Coronavirus, so they put their brains together to come up with creative, fun, safe, and engaging activities for the students and staff.

Once again, sixth-grade teacher Kellie Martino put together a touching and heartfelt slideshow presentation picturing veterans from the Race Brook Community with identifying captions. The slideshow was part of another elaborate, colorful Veterans Day Bitmoji slideshow created by the committee.

Students and staff were able to interactively click on links to read articles, listen to songs and read alouds of books with a Veterans Day theme, view greetings and interviews from Veterans, and even participate in interactive simulations from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Submitted by Valerie Anton

RBS Public Relations Representative 

A Statement From Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne

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Jun 022020
 

Police Chief Robert Gagne
(File Photo by Cory Ziman)

This statement was posted on the OPD Facebook page:

The men and women of the Orange Police Department condemn the actions of the four police officers who were involved in the mistreatment and death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

It was sickening to watch the lack of training, judgment, and human empathy displayed by these officers. We have worked hard to ensure that nothing like this will ever occur here. We start by making sure that we hire good people, who we can trust to engage our public with our values and mission always in mind.

We are committed to community policing and were practicing that in this Department before the term ever became popular. Our officers are well trained in the proper use of force, procedural justice, crisis intervention, and the sanctity of life.

We are the medical first responder for the Town. Each of our officers is trained to at least the level of EMR (Emergency Medical Responder), with many being trained to the higher level of EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). We embrace that responsibility, our multiple roles, and all that comes with them.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of George Floyd. We stand with the good men and women of law enforcement who continue to believe in human respect and dignity.

Chief Robert J. Gagne

Photos: Memorial Day Cemetery Ceremony

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May 262014
 

IMG_7742A large crowd attended the Memorial Day ceremony at the gazebo on Sunday morning and nearly every inch of Orange Center Road was filled with parade-goers.

The weather was perfect, and event organizers were pleased with the turn-out, but the one thing veterans and military families wanted more than anything was for everyone to follow the parade route down to the Orange Center Cemetery for what is considered the most important part of the day, a brief ceremony honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This year saw perhaps the biggest crowd to ever attend this ceremony. Highlights included laying memorial wreaths at the stone of the unknown soldier, a “21” gun salute, bagpipers playing “Amazing Grace” and Amity High Student Eli Baum playing Taps.

If you missed the Cemetery Ceremony, keep in mind that Memorial Day honors of those who died protecting our freedom. Make it a point to stay around after the parade next year and spend 10 extra minutes at this solemn event to honor those who gave their all for us.