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A Little Bit Of The Nation’s Capital For St Rose Eighth Grade Students



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St Rose School eighth grade students were supposed to board a bus and head to Washington, DC, an annual tradition at the school. They could not get there this year, but Monsignor Robert Weiss, Principal Bardhyl Gjoka, and teacher Valerie Petrillo brought a little bit of DC to each of the 24 students, May 20.

At 7:30 am, they met outside the 40 Church Hill Road school and decorated their cars with flags, streamers, and messages for the eighth graders. They set off to the farthest areas including New Milford, Oxford, Southbury, and Shelton, then made their way around Newtown and Sandy Hook honking their horns and waving as they pulled into driveways.

In all they covered 130 miles and were met with many smiles.

Monsignor presented each with a DC-themed gift bag containing personally signed Washington, DC guidebooks, patriotic ties for the boys and scarves for the girls. Gjoka and Petrillo greeted them with good wishes and asked how they and their families are doing.

When asked if they are learning, the resounding answer was “Yes!”

Gino Ventresca holds his bag of DC goodies, as from left, Msgr Weiss, Valerie Petrillo, and Principal Bardhyl Gjoka stand by. —photos courtesy Laura Moulder
Principal Gjoka and Msgr Weiss look on as Jonathan Voskov displays a thank you sign and his bag of DC treats, delivered by school administration in lieu of an actual trip to Washington, DC.
A smiling Leah Ghosh holds her DC gift delivered by Msgr Weiss, front, and teacher Valerie Petrillo and Principal Gjoka.
A decorated car is ready to set off on a miles-long trip to deliver some joy to St Rose eighth graders missing out on the annual Washington, DC trip.
Monsignor Weiss hands off a bag of DC-themed goodies to St Rose eighth grade student Marcos Dias.
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