Meeting the National Guard at Woodland

Meeting the National Guard at Woodland
Posted on 10/06/2021

Fifth grade students in Mr. Rob Morris’s and Mr. Mike Guarascio’s classes at Woodland Avenue School in Hicksville received a visit from the National Guard on October 1st.  Army National Guard, Jack Schlef, returned home for a brief visit to Long Island and one stop he made was visiting Mr. Morris’s and Mr. Guarascio’s classes.  Mr. Schlef talked to the students about a day in the life of bootcamp for an enlistee and demonstrated how to do a military push-up.  The students participated in Q&A sessions and were very inquisitive to learn about Mr. Schlef’s experiences in the Army.

In preparation for this special day, Mr. Morris decorated his classroom in bootcamp motif, and students watched a video to learn about platoons, squads, dog tags, military ranks and so much more. Mr. Morris’s students wrote thank you cards and designed posters to be displayed in preparation for Mr. Schlef’s planned arrival.  Last year’s former students in Mr. Morris’s class began the relationship with Mr. Schlef while stationed away from home through letter writing to him during the Spring of 2021. The students welcomed this unique opportunity to learn about military life and thank a serviceman for his duty to our country.