After studying about the presidential cabinet as part of the Bureaucracy Unit in AP Government at Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District, Kara McManus' students became curious and had many questions about the Veterans Affairs Department.
“Specifically, the students were struck by the rising poverty and suicide rates among America's veterans,” explained McManus. “From this discussion, the students were inspired to create valentines and to hold a food drive for veterans on Long Island”
Donations were delivered to The Veterans Place in Yaphank, an organization that houses homeless veterans. It’s food pantry also provides food for veterans and their families who live on Long Island.
“This was a wonderful way to spread the compassion of the Bellmore-Merrick Community beyond our immediate borders,” added Principal Gerard Owenburg.