Janni went to elementary school at Thorntons Ferry School in Merrimack. His educational experience at that school and the entire Merrimack School system was second to none.
A couple of Janni’s former teachers have chosen to use Janni as a teachable moment for their first grade class. It is great that even at the first grade level these students are learning about the military and the selfless sacrifice of those, like Janni, who serve this great country.
Below is what was posted today in the Manchester NH Union Leader editorial section:
Not forgotten: Teachers remember the troops
Everyone is focused on the economy these days. Yet amid the layoffs and foreclosures, two teachers in Merrimack have remembered that there’s still a war on.
Years ago, Anne Graves and Rosie Flint, first-grade teachers at Thorntons Ferry School, taught a boy named Janni DuPont, an adopted immigrant from Romania. DuPont is now a U.S. Marine serving his country in Iraq.
This week, Graves and Flint used DuPont’s example to teach their students about patriotism and the military. And they had the students write letters to Lance Cpl. DuPont, wishing him well and thanking him for his service.
First-graders learning to respect and appreciate our men and women in uniform? Those teachers deserve a medal of their own.