Meeting The National Guard At Woodland


Fifth grade students in Rob Morris and Mike Guarascio’s classes at Woodland Avenue School in Hicksville recently received a visit from the National Guard. Army National Guard Jack Schlef returned home for a brief visit to Long Island and one stop he made was visiting Morris and Guarascio’s classes.

Rob Morris and National Guard Jack Schlef at Woodland Avenue School
(Photo courtesy of the Hicksville Public School District)

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 Schlef’s experiences in the Army.

In preparation for this special day, 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. Morris’s students wrote thank you cards and designed posters to be displayed in preparation for Schlef’s planned arrival. Last year’s former students in Morris’s class began the relationship with 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.

—Submitted by the Hicksville School District

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