She presented Richland Elementary School on November 11, 2016 with a flag that flew over the Pentagon in honor of the school's support of the Army and the Veterans through money the school collected and pictures and letters that students mailed to the American Soldiers thanking them for their service through Operation Troop Appreciation.
The flag was sent from General Daniel B. Allyn, a four-star general in the US Army, and the vice chief of staff of the US Army. He also sent his "General " decorative coin.
Second Grader Ellie
Rosenwasser, from Mrs. Kathy Giegel’s classroom, and second grader Andrew
Gillis, from Mrs. Monk’s classroom, accepted the flag on behalf of the entire
Ms. Rucker has
spoken to the second graders on previous occasions.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to speak with Mrs. Giegel's and Mrs. Monk’s classrooms and thankful so many of our teachers make the effort to connect students in a unique way with American institutions like the military,” said Mrs. Rucker. “I always enjoy visiting PR schools for Veterans Day assemblies and discussions.”
Most of Ms. Rucker’s family has served or is serving in the military. In 2014, the second-grade classrooms at Richland Elementary had the chance to speak with Army Lieutenant Hope Mango via video chat. Hope is Ms. Rucker’s daughter.
Students dialed in to Lt. Mango via Skype, a software application that provides video chat capabilities from computers, tablets and mobile devices via the internet to other devices.
Lt. Mango is not only a 2009 graduate of Pine-Richland High School, but she is an alum of Richland Elementary School and a 2014 graduate of West Point. Her parents are also West Point graduates.
Students asked several thought provoking questions including why she chose to join the military.
Ms. Rucker has spoken to students about the importance of Veterans’ Day, the different branches of the military and ways students can honor veterans. Some of the ways included talking to veterans about their experiences, writing to veterans, participating in parades, flag ceremonies and assemblies and flying the flag properly.