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December 03, 2016
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Jeans for Troops Day

Shown are art teacher Amy Garrett, middle row left, Jaiden Murran, Emily Brito, Sophia Antizzo and Riley Ann Doss. In the back row are teacher Sadie Roosevelt, left, music teacher Dawn Clayton and Dylan Hardy. At front is Andrew Figueroa.
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MONTICELLO, NY — In honor of Memorial Day, the George L. Cooke Elementary School joined in a national movement called the GI Go Fund: Where Veterans Move Forward. They teamed up with over 500,000 participants across the United States to show appreciation and support for troops past and present. The Cooke School Spirit Committee, co-chaired by art teacher Amy Garrett and music teacher Dawn Clayton, contacted Sgt. Joe Pace and the project that began in April grew to great proportions.

Teachers were encouraged to donate $5 to the fund to be able to wear jeans to work on Thursday, May 22. The students dressed in red, white and blue. A donation barrel was set up in the Cooke lobby that was filled with supplies and treats to be mailed to troops serving in Afghanistan. In art class, the children designed cards to be handed out at Castle Point veterans’ hospital. Over 200 pairs of jeans were collected to be given to the Sullivan County Veterans’ Service Agency to help those in need. The GI Go Fund is dedicated to help troops find employment, return to college, get health care, and find housing. For more information, visit www.gigofund.org.