James Foster Elementary in Saugus celebrated Patriot’s Day on Friday, September 9. This is the 2nd year that the school put on this event and based on the success, it is sure to continue. Dr. Deborah Bohn, Principal, said “It is wonderful to give the children at Foster an opportunity to recognize and honor those in our school community who sacrifice so much for us.”
James Foster invited first responder and military relatives to attend. Mrs. Stephanie Galbreath, 2nd grade teacher, said “We sent invitations and had fathers, mothers, uncles and grandfathers respond. In total, we had over 50 honorees that we were able to recognize.”
The program began with a flag ceremony by the cub scouts, girl scouts and boy scouts at Foster. Student Body President, Makenna Ivey, introduced each grade level and the song they sang for guests. After the program, children brought up their hero, introduced them, and presented them with a flag that was later planted in a memory garden. Children and their guests were invited to the multipurpose room for a reception and opportunity to take pictures with their hero.
In collaboration with the Saugus Union School District and Hands on Santa Clarita, James Foster was one of the schools in the district who also participated in a Food and Supply drive for our troops overseas. For the last two weeks, families have brought in canned food, razors, peanut butter, socks, protein bars, batteries and a variety of other useful items. Barbara Boliver, SUSD employee who organized the drive for the district, was there to receive the donations. Also in attendance was Dr. Joan Lucid, SUSD Superintendent and Heather Ippolito, SCV Council PTA President.