Student Shows Appreciation for Vets

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Robert Frost Middle School student Nicholas Alo placed third in the Town of Babylon Veterans Awareness Week Essay Contest. As seventh-grade social studies teacher Lindsay Baudier educated students on the significance and meaning of Veterans Day, she made students aware of the opportunity to participate in this competition.   

Inspired by this year’s theme of “My Hero” and the American History curriculum covered through classroom lessons, Nicholas wrote a moving piece on his grandfather, Frank Alo. Over the years, Nicholas has connected with his grandfather through listening to stories about his time and experiences serving in the armed forces. Mr. Alo joined the Army in 1955 and had to leave his family to travel overseas and serve in Germany as a member of the artillery squad.

Through these conversations, Nicholas not only gained a great respect for his grandfather, but for all of the men and women who have protected America’s freedoms throughout history. Nicholas was eager to participate in the Town’s Veterans Day tribute and submitted his personal essay. He attended a Town Hall ceremony for the competition’s winners, where he was recognized for his achievements with an award certificate and given the opportunity to read his essay for a group of veterans and political officials.