A Cumberland Valley High School senior announced a new program honoring local veterans to the Cumberland Valley School Board on Monday night.
Andrew Adam, 17, a member of the high school’s Patriots Club, said during the meeting’s public comment session that the club is organizing a Cumberland Valley High School Veterans Appreciation Program for Nov. 9. The program is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the high school’s performing arts center.
Adam, of Hampden Township, conducted a similar “pilot” program last year for veterans, but it was on a much smaller scale, he said. He believes that holding last year’s event on a weekday morning may have affected crowd numbers, so an evening program is scheduled for this year.
“I really want to make this a welcoming event for the community,” Adam said. “It’s a great event to pull our students together. Committees will be working with the high school history department.”
School board member Barbara Gleim said she attended last year’s “terrific” pilot program, but added that more people needed to know about it. Some locals told her they were interested in the idea but didn’t hear about the program until after the fact, she said.
“The feedback I received from the community was that it wasn’t advertised enough,” Gleim said.
“How are you getting the word out?” school board member Michelle Nestor asked.
Adam said he plans to do social media promotions for the event, but that for now, “our biggest concern is getting the committees started.” The purpose of the Patriots Club “is to plan, organize and execute (this veterans) event,” he said. The club’s adviser is CV High School history teacher Peter Mashinski.
School board member Pamela Long agreed that the previous year’s program “was wonderful,” but suggested that Patriots Club members go to all of the district’s schools “and invite parents who were vets to attend” this year’s program.
Adam said he was inspired to create a veterans appreciation program by Tracy Zygmunt, his music teacher while at Shaull Elementary School. Zymunt, now chairman of the district’s music department, served as a musician in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army National Guard, according to her Facebook page.
Adam said reservations aren’t necessary to attend the veterans program. For more information, contact email@example.com.