Third-graders in Jerry Orlando’s classroom at Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School recently participated in the AMVETS National Americanism Poster Contest, co-sponsored by AMVETS – one of the foremost veterans service and advocacy organizations in the U.S. – and the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.
The students' objective was to create 9 inch by 12 inch posters which addressed the theme, "I Am Proud to Be an American Because..." The project also required them to include descriptions of their posters in 50 words or less.
For the Town of Islip, all three top entries came from Orlando's class. Emily Gargano was the first-place winner, with her poster also chosen to compete at the New York State level. Anthony Attanasio’s poster won second place, and Brandon Palomba came in third.
On June 7, two representatives from East Islip AMVETS Post 18 – Americanism chairman John Rossetti and Americanism chairlady Nina Cooley – visited RCK to present awards and certificates to Gargano, Attanasio and Palomba.