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Bonsall Unified honors heroes

BONSALL – In two uplifting events commemorating the sacrifices on 9/11, Bonsall Unified School District recognized local heroes in its community. On Saturday, Sept. 9, the first annual Patriot’s Day Bicycle Parade took place at Bonsall Elementary School.

First responders, members of the military, medical professionals, and educators were on hand to cheer the kids on as they peddled around the school’s track on red, white, and blue festooned bikes and trikes.

Bonsall Elementary students Hunter Haunstein and Mia Wettstead emceed the event and delivered a moving speech respectively. The district’s top brass, Superintendent Clevenger, Executive Director of Human Resources Allen Williams, Executive Director of Educational Services Dr. Heather Golly and others recognized local heroes and handed out popsicles to close the ceremony.

On Sept. 11, Bonsall West Elementary school hosted a special morning assembly honoring the heroes of 9/11. The event was attended by local dignitaries including Camp Pendleton’s Colonel Charles Dudik, USMC, and his wife, Melanie, who is an educator in Oceanside.

Also in attendance were members of Cal Fire, the Oceanside Police Department, Bonsall School Board Trustee Pascal LaPoirie, and School Board President Larissa Anderson. veteran educators, such as Staff Sergeant Dawn Milton, and parents including FDNY’s Mark Verdi were recognized in the ceremony.

Bonsall West’s new principal, Dominic Camacho, led the entire school in a rousing rendition of “Proud to Be An American” as students from TK through 6th grade waved American flags.

“Bonsall Unified School District believes it is important to demonstrate our pride in this great nation, as well as share with our students the tremendous work our local heroes do each and every day on our behalf,” commended Superintendent Clevenger.

Submitted by Bonsall Unified School District.


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