NEWTOWN—Yesterday, May 20, the 8th-graders were supposed to board a bus and head to Washington D.C., an annual tradition at the school. The date was postponed from mid-March. Although students were not able to attend the trip due to COVIS-19 concerns, Msgr. Bob, Mr. Gjoka and Mrs. Petrillo brought a little bit of D.C. to each of the 24 students.
At 7:30 am they met outside St. Rose School and decorated their cars with messages for the 8th graders, flags and streamers. 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 student with a D.C. themed gift bag containing personally signed Washington D.C. guidebooks, patriotic ties for the boys and scarves for the girls. Mr. Gjoka and Mrs. 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!