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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen Hails Schools; Collects Valentines for Veterans

MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY -  U.S. Congressman Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) today praised the students, faculty and staff of elementary schools in the 11th District who participated in his annual Valentines for Veterans project.

“Each and every year, these hand-made, heartfelt messages from students lift the spirits of veterans confined to a hospital on Valentine’s Day,” said Frelinghuysen.  “These schools have taken the time and the effort to extend a hand to men and women who served in our armed forces.  I applaud their efforts.”

Each year, Frelinghuysen, a Vietnam veteran, invites elementary students Across the 11th Congressional District to create “Valentines for Veterans” which are delivered to veterans in East Orange Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center and Lyons VA Hospital Center.   This year, he was accompanied by Jack Lane, an Army veteran of the Korean War and Past State Commander of the New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars in picking up Valentines at Good Shepherd Academy in Nutley. 

“I always ask a distinguished veteran to visit schools with me,” Frelinghuysen said.  “Of course, the Valentines lift the spirits of hospitalized veterans.  But these visits are also valuable ways for young people to learn more the sacrifices made by Americans veterans.  Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.”

“I am thankful for the fantastic work done by our students and equally grateful to our service members and their families for their contributions to our nation.”

Other participating schools include: Hilltop Country Day School (Sparta), Ellen T. Briggs School (Hopatcong), Hudson Maxim Elementary (Hopatcong), Pope John Middle School (Spara), Durban Avenue School (Hopatcong), Morris Plains Borough School (Morris Plains), Rockaway Valley Elementary (Boonton), Dennis B. O’Brien School (Dover), Mendham Township Elementary, Peck School (Morristown), Sussex Avenue Elementary (Morristown), Mountain View School (Morris Plains), Ironia Elementary (Randolph), Littleton Elementary (Morris Plains), Lincoln Elementary (Rockaway), Southern Boulevard School (Chatham), Normandy Park School (Morristown), Stonybrook Elementary (Kinnelon), Rockaway Valley Elementary (Boonton), East Lake School (Parsippany), Parsippany Christian School (Parsippany), Mount Tabor School, Troy Hills Elementary (Parsippany), Littleton Elementary (Parsippany), St. Mary’s Prep (Denville), Interval Elementary (Boonton), Bee Meadow School (Hanover), Salem Drive Elementary (Whippany), Central Avenue School (Madison), Briarwood Road School (Florham Park), Central Elementary (Hanover), Frank J. Smith Elementary (Hanover), Lincoln Park School, Riverview Elementary (Denville), Divine Mercy Academy (Denville), Rockaway Meadow School (Parsippany), Cozy Lake Elementary (Oak Ridge), Lester C. Noecker (Roseland), Bradford School (Montclair), Watsessing Elementary (Bloomfield), Berkeley Elementary (Bloomfield), Good Shepard School (Nutley), Jefferson Elementary (Caldwell), Washington School (Nutley), Spring Garden Elementary (Nutley), Riker Hill Elementary (Livingston), Collins Elementary (Livingston), Fairview Elementary (Bloomfield), Forest Avenue Elementary (Verona), Albert Payson Terhune (Wayne), Immaculate Heart (Wayne), Thuenis Dey (Wayne), Lincoln School (Pompton Lakes), Lenox Elementary (Pompton Lakes), Washington Park Elementary (Totowa), Fallon Elementary (Wayne), Haskell Elementary, Academy of St. Francis of Assisi (Totowa).