Across the Area

Veterans honored; plane lands on street

MURDY Elementary School students Bridgett Aguilar and Madelyn Nguyen, along with sixth grade teacher Valerie Del Carlo, put their gratitude to work by raising money for the Veterans Canine Intelligence Academy and presenting its president U.S. Navy Seal Andy McTigue with a check for $1028 (GGUSD photo).

Sixth grade students from Murdy Elementary School in Garden Grove concluded a yearlong study about the power of gratitude with a special celebration on Thursday, May 31 that honored a group of heroes who have overcome life’s greatest challenges.

The celebration is a culminating event of “The Gratitude Project,” during which students shared what they learned about gratitude from classroom interviews with real-life war heroes, veterans, elders who escaped communist torture, and family members.  The program  opened with transitional kindergarten students from the school’s Vietnamese dual language program and sixth grade students singing “America the Beautiful” in English and Vietnamese.  During the ceremony, students shared stories and lessons from interviews with 98-year-old Tuskegee Airman and U.S. Veteran Lt. Col. Robert J. Friend, U.S. Army Ranger and Vietnam Veteran 1st Lt. Dan Barlow, U.S. Navy Seal and Vietnam Veteran Andy McTigue and South Vietnamese Veterans Toan Pham, Dien Ho, and Thuan Nguyen, among others.

This year, as a way to turn their gratitude into action, students sold handmade “Gratitude Project” key chains to raise money for the Veterans Canine Intelligence Academy which is led by U.S. Navy Seal Andy McTigue.  Students presented Andy with a check for $1028 to help further his mission of supporting veterans with disabilities free of charge.

“The Gratitude Project” was launched four years ago by sixth grade teachers Valerie Del Carlo and Mark Keller.   After interviewing family elders and six in-class participants, students respond through art and writing.  Many students uncover details of their family legacy for the first time and gain a deeper understanding of freedom, hardship, bravery, and love of country.

A LIGHT AIRPLANE landed on a street in Huntington Beach Saturday (HBPD photo).

Light plan lands on HB street

A small plane made an emergency landing on a Huntington Beach street on Saturday afternoon.

There were no injuries and no damage to property, according to police.

The Cessna 172 landed on Hamilton Street near Newland Avenue. The plane lost power shortly after taking off from John Wayne Airport and the pilot was able to steer the plane to safety

Stanton police services budget to be reviewed

A review of the City of Stanton’s contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services for a five-year period tops the agenda of Tuesday’s special meeting of the Stanton City Council.

If approved at the regular June 12 meeting, the deal will from July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2023. The cost of services would be $10,955,068 for this coming year, an increase of $537,902.

The council will meet in its chambers at 7800 Katella Ave., at 4:30 p.m.


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