While most high school students take advantage of Veterans Day to sleep in a little later and enjoy a day off from school, others take the chance to thank the veterans who also happen to be their math and science teachers.
For the past 5 years, journalism students at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School have celebrated Veterans Day by organizing a lunch for the teachers and school staff who are military veterans.
This year, they teamed up with the Culinary Arts students and their teacher Chef Jay Greenberg to honor the special guests with a lunch of Thai noodles with Thai sauce, potato pierogies, strudels and sushi.
The lunch was held in the media center decked up with red, white and blue flags and banners for the occasion. “The decorations were put together by members of Quill and Scroll, we all volunteered our  time,” said Louis Pichardo, 17, Senior, Vice President of the honor society. “It’s important to make the veterans feel special because they have put their lives on the line for us and this country. This is the least we can do for people who have sacrificed so much for us.”
The 8 veterans were each presented with a special place mat featuring their name and the branch they served.
After lunch, which was served by the students, the veterans all shared stories about combat, places they were stationed and other interesting stories that thrilled the students.
“Hearing what they’ve gone through in life made me take back all judgment I’ve made before and see them as strong and amazing individuals,” said Vanessa Barrera, 18, Senior and secretary of Quill and Scroll.
The event is meant to honor the special teachers.  “It’s important that students know that these people are more than just teachers,” said Claudia Solis, journalism teacher. “They need to know that they proudly wore a uniform to defend our country and liberty.”
The students get it. And the teachers feel the love.
“I felt blessed, the kids appreciate my 22 years of service, when they honor you, it gives you pride,” said NJROTC Instructor and Navy Veteran John Martinez.
G. Holmes Braddock Senior High
3601 SW 147th Avenue
Miami, FL 33185


0 #1 Guest 2012-12-04 20:33
:D As one of the teachers that was honored at this luncheon, it warms my heart that Ms. Solis and her students think of us each year. I applaud this site for publishing the story written so well by Mr. Matus, our wonderful Editor-in-chief . It exemplifies one of the many good qualities had by students at our school.

Mary A. Milan
Social Studies Teacher
G. Holmes Braddock SHS

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