At WHSAD, we pride ourselves on giving our students a multitude of outside activities from which to choose. Some gravitate to the ACE Mentorship and Architectural Grille while others pursue club activities such as dance and photography. Another possibility is SKILLSUSA, an organization headed by Ms. Rivera, that hones students’ professional skills so that those students are prepared with solid networking abilities and career orientation. One proud activity in which some of our SKILLSUSA students participated was on Saturday, December 16th at Cypress Hills Cemetery. Members of the group joined over 100 individuals to lay well over 1000 wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. This is annual event takes place all over the nation at exactly the same time and is done to honor the sacrifice and dedication these solders gave during their service. The students not only showed their appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who paid the ultimate price in the service of our nation but also did so during a cold and snowy day. We are proud of these students for paying their respects and showing that WHSAD dedicates itself to all forms of community service and military service recognition. Below Sophomore Jessica Juarez offers her thoughts on the solemn day.
Going to Wreaths Across America is a emotional and honorable moment. It’s not only something special for me, but for many other people as well. It’s something that is only done once in a year and for me to attend to it was an honor. It was a honor to be there represent WHSAD. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, their mission is to remember and honor by coordinating a wreath-laying ceremonies at National Cemeteries. There are over 1,200 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.
The people that went not only decorated the veterans grave, but remember their deaths and lives. They gave up their lives for many people. It was a way to show respect and kindness towards them. It was a way of saying thank you to them for serving this country. Every single person that die deserve to be remember. It was a good experience to volunteer and see many other people help out too.