IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Main Street School students enthusiastically greeted three members of the U.S. Army during a special assembly on a Skype call Thursday, April 9.
Through Skype, the entire school was able to video chat with Capt. Catherine Gibbs, 2nd Lt. Michael Buckley and 1st Lt. Drew Kohler, who currently are stationed in South Korea.
The special connection was part of a yearlong discussion regarding character building and global citizenship. Throughout the year, students have experienced read-alouds and participated in books clubs with characters and settings from places around the world.
In addition, through Boodle Boxes, students wrote letters to U.S. soldiers stationed outside the United States. At the end of March, students gathered for the monthly character-building assembly, where they explored the meaning of being a global citizen.
During the Skype call, students had the opportunity to ask the soldiers questions about their careers and lives, as well as share some of the ways they have been working to become global citizens in the school community.
After asking what drove the officers to join the military Buckley shared, “I felt like it was my duty,” adding he has family members who joined before him.
Gibbs, on the other hand, was the first member of her family to enlist. “I have always been interested in the military,” she said.
Students also learned that while there is no current conflict in South Korea, the soldiers have dedicated themselves to helping the citizens stay safe and even improve their quality of life. While members of the Army may be away from their families for up to three years, they enjoy their work and like to immerse themselves in the countries where they work.
Students said the soldiers’ answers provided new perspectives about what qualities like persistence and empathy mean, and many raised their hands and said they are interested in looking into military careers.
Main Street School will continue its commitment to global citizenship through a Hike for Hunger Friday, April 24. There currently are two donation jars in the school to collect money to be donated to local, national and global charities dedicated to fighting hunger.
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