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Sylvan Avenue Honors Veterans

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Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students participated in a weeklong celebration of military heroes prior to Veterans Day.

The students congregated on the school grounds to welcome Suffolk County Police Officer Thomas Teufel and his K9 companion Maverick, who educated the students on the use of dogs in keeping the community safe. Also in attendance was Officer Brendan Gaynor, a Suffolk County Police dog handler, and his K9 companion Anthem. Both officers demonstrated some techniques they use in training and utilizing the dogs’ skills at work.

Teufel, who served in the army prior to becoming a police officer, explained how the dogs are used due to their special abilities to smell. He also talked to the students about listening to their teachers. “Everything we do depends on how they listen to us,” Officer Teufel said. “Just like how you listen to your teachers.”

At the end of the week, Sylvan Avenue students participated in a Wounded Warrior Project Walk to aid wounded warriors in gaining their independence. Organized by classes, the students and their teachers walked around the perimeter of the school parking lot to the beat of patriotic music. Army veteran Frank Dapolito, school speech pathologist and veterans events coordinator Christine Monahan’s father, attended the walk and waved as the students jubilantly trekked for a cause.

Ms. Monahan and speech pathologist and co-coordinator Laurie Katz said it is important that the students realize that veterans are men and women who served in the military to protect the nation. “It is also important for the students to know why they are off on Thursday [Veterans Day],” Ms. Monahan said.
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