SHERBURNE – During Thursday’s lunch at Sherburne-Earlville Elementary, jovial veterans of the United States Armed Forces could be spotted with well-trained eyes, camouflaged among gaggles of excited grade schoolers. The hardened vets grinned sheepishly as awestruck youngsters fawned over them while they ate lunch, compliments of the S-E School District.
Eighty veterans reserved a seat in the school’s cafeteria after children in grades K through 5 brought home invitations for family members and friends who served the nation. The students proudly showed them off to their friends, and shared a meal with them. Thursday marked the first year the school has invited vets in for a Veterans Day/Thanksgiving celebration.
“I shamelessly stole the idea from Morrisville-Eaton,” confided fifth grade teacher Gene Thomas. Thomas absconded with the concept of a Veterans Day/Thanksgiving celebration after his own children had such a great time doing it with their own grandparents, in the Morrisville-Eaton Central School District. “It is a great experience for the kids to meet the real people and heroes who have served our nation.”