Should students be excused on Veterans and Memorial Day

A pair of First District legislators are researching a possible measure that would make school absences on veterans holidays excused in some circumstances under state law, a press release issued Monday said.

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak want students who take Veterans Day and Memorial Day off from school to participate in veterans activities to be excused.

The idea was fueled by a recent case out of Upper Township, Cape May County, where a fifth grade student was given an unexcused absence on Veterans Day van cleef black clover necklace fake when she took off to volunteer serving lunch to veterans.

According to the release, the Upper Township School District Superintendent said those kinds of absences are considered excused for district purposes, but they have to report them to the state as unexcused to comply with state law.

Van Drew said the state should not penalize students that take it upon themselves to help the nation's veterans.

"We should be encouraging students knock off van cleef gold clover necklace to volunteer for veterans' organizations and to learn about the sacrifices made by these brave men and women," he said. "Any student who takes the initiative, especially at such a young age, to engage in these kinds of activities should be applauded."

In a statement, Andrzejczak who served in the United States Army said allowing students to participate in veterans activities on veterans holidays without being punished for missing a day of school, is the right thing to do.

"Speaking with a veteran is probably the best way for our young people to understand the work that service men and women do to support and defend our country," he said. "It not only will allow our students to better understand our military personnel and our nation's history, it shows veterans and their families that knock off van cleef and arpels necklace butterfly we care."

When reached by phone Monday, Van Drew said students would likely be given excused absences if they volunteer at places like veterans' homes, if they attend seminars given by veterans or if they give a presentation to a veteran group.

"I think it's important to honor our veterans not only in words but in actions," he said. "I don't know of a better action than a young person making a connection with a veteran."

He said that kind of interaction can be a valuable history lesson for young people.

"Particularly now when we're losing so many World War II, Korean War and even Vietnam veterans," he said. "It's an opportunity for them to engage with people who made history."

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