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Random Acts of Valentines
by Shirley Blake, Director of Communications

This week, members of our school community honored Veterans and "shared the love" in a couple of interesting ways. On Tuesday, four Upper School jazz musicians (Max F. '20, Joey K. '21, Berty L. '21, and Sam W. '21) went to the Los Angeles National Cemetery to perform at a special ceremony in honor of Abraham Lincoln's February 12 Birthday. The event was specifically meant to pay tribute to our 16th President—rather than the more broadly celebrated "Presidents' Day" holiday—because it was Abraham Lincoln who founded the National Cemetery system, the final resting place for many Veterans. In addition to our students' contribution, attendees enjoyed listening to the Gettysburg Address delivered by a very convincing Lincoln impersonator (take a look at the photo and see if you agree!).

Then, the members of our Upper School Veterans Support Club enjoyed planning something they called Random Acts of Valentines. They created 100 personally decorated goodie bags to share with Veterans in celebration of Valentine's Day. The bags were filled with essentials like a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, lip balm, and Kleenex as well as some sweet treats and a handwritten Valentine prepared by children at the Salvation Army's Westwood Transitional Village during their Valentine's Day party coordinated by senior Lily R. The distribution took place at the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS) National Salute Information & Awareness Fair on Wednesday in the lobby of the VA Hospital. While it was a gloomy and wet afternoon, the delighted smiles of Veterans receiving an unexpected treat lit the room!

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