The Warwick Valley Middle School honored local veterans with their annual “Valentines for Vets” breakfast on Wed., Feb. 12. This breakfast has been a local tradition in the Middle School for more than a decade. Attended by Warwick Valley School District Administration, Board of Education members, teachers and local political leaders, veterans and their families were treated to a meal prepared by the home and careers classes, music performed by the Wire Choir and well as the school’s guitar club.
The ceremony kicked off with kind words of thanks put forth by teacher Joan Rueckert, followed by Paul Myruski. Myruski is a retired music teacher who devoted his entire career to Warwick students, and he is also a veteran. He spoke of sacrifice, not only by the veterans but those supporting families as well.
After a resounding rendition of America the Beautiful, each branch of the military was honored with their respective song. The music continued throughout the morning, while the veterans and their families were served a hearty breakfast of pastries, eggs, sausage, bacon, only to be topped off by the famous cinnamon streusel crumb cake.
This would not have been possible without the support and donations of numerous local businesses and the WVCSD M.S. Student Senate. Shoprite, Price Chopper, C&D Bagels, F.H Corwins Greenhouse, Sobator Training Systems all contributed to the success of this program.