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Farmingdale Elementary Students Paint Portraits of Courage

Woodward Parkway Elementary School Students Paint Portraits of Local United States Military Veterans and Learn Their Stories.

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A Farmingdale School District student at Woodward Parkway Elementary School shows the portrait he painted of a local veteran during as part of a District initiative inspired by President George W. Bush’s “Portraits of Courage,” The project was designed to immerse students in history while letting them explore their creativity.

Photo by: Farmingdale School District

Farmingdale, NY - April 26, 2017 - More than 400 Farmingdale School District students, 5—10 years old, at Woodward Parkway Elementary School recently met local United States Military veterans—some who served abroad during World War II. This project was originally conceived by Woodward Parkway Elementary School Art Teacher Ricki Weisfelner, who has been using President George W. Bush’s book, Portraits of Courage, to inspire students to learn about the individuals who shape the tapestry of our nation. As part of the project, students painted portraits of their special guests.
While the veterans sat for their portraits, they told students personal stories of their service in active duty. Many of the visiting veterans were Farmingdale School District graduates and have family connections to students and staff in the District.
This initiative was one of many of the Farmingdale School District’s innovative educational programs designed to immerse students in history and literature while letting them explore their creativity.
For more information about the Farmingdale School District and its exciting programs throughout the year, visit the District’s website