Patriotism was on full display from students at Bridgeport Middle School, home of the Braves. The students all wore red Friday to honor veterans and active military members.
“My great-granddaddy was in the Navy, and my great-great-granddaddy was in the Army,” said sixth-grade student Skylar Elliott.
Elliott designed the shirts that the student body wore. Elliott said that R.E.D. stands for “Remember Everyone Deployed.”
The t-shirt project started after students saw a teacher wearing red on Fridays.
“I’ve been wearing them for several years. My family, from my grandfather is World War II and to my brothers who are active duty now, they are always overseas and have been overseas. And I just felt like I needed to give somehow, and this was the only way I could feel,” said Belynda Ferguson, teacher.
Nearly 700 students wore a red shirt on Friday for a picture and for some staff members, it hit close to home.
“Well I initially served five years in the Marine Corps, and I was a Spanish linguist. So I did that for five years, and I got out and decided I wasn’t done. And so I enlisted in the Navy and did that for five years, and I was an electronic warfare technician,” said Audra Giguere, veteran and teacher.
“I was in the National Guard and served for seven years,” said Jenalyn Mayle, veteran and teacher.
The school did not make students pay for the shirts but took donations instead. Officials said they were overwhelmed by the response.
“Once we set it up and sent the paper home, the overwhelming response from parents was unbelievable. Some parents sent back $20. Some parents sent in $200. Some parents sent in $50. So, it was amazing, the response,” said Principal David Mazza.