Port Washington, NY- September 2023- In a heartwarming ceremony that took place last week, Dr. Michael Hynes and Mrs. Meg Sheehan were bestowed with an award by Navy SEAL Foundation Ambassadors, Brian Valenza and David Kates. The award recognizes Port Washington School District’s dedication and support for the Navy SEAL Foundation's mission to bring joy and comfort to our nation's heroes.
The accolade was presented to Dr. Hynes and Mrs. Sheehan in honor of the invaluable contributions to the annual Navy SEAL holiday card drive, which has been a tradition in collaboration with Port Washington schools for nearly a decade. Last year, Sousa Elementary School demonstrated extraordinary commitment by creating and delivering the most holiday cards to Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC).
The award, a beautifully crafted paddle, carries with it a rich tradition in the world of Navy SEALs. The tradition of giving paddles as recognition dates back to the early days of the Navy SEALs when they operated in small teams, relying on each other for survival in the harshest conditions. Paddles became a symbol of camaraderie, trust, and unity among SEALs. The Navy SEAL Foundation's appreciation gift was not only a token of gratitude but also a symbol of the enduring partnership between Port Washington schools and the Navy SEAL community.
In response to the recognition, Dr. Hynes and Mrs. Sheehan expressed their gratitude. Dr. Hynes remarked, "It is a tremendous honor to receive this award, and we are deeply humbled by the Navy SEAL Foundation's recognition. We are proud to continue the tradition of supporting our brave Navy SEALs and SWCC operators."
Mrs. Sheehan added, "The dedication of our students and community in creating holiday cards for our servicemen and women is truly remarkable. This award is a testament to the collective spirit of generosity that defines Sousa."
The Port Washington School District remains committed to supporting the brave individuals who serve our nation, and partnerships like the one with the Navy SEAL Foundation play a vital role in uplifting the spirits of those who protect our freedoms.
Meg Sheehan, Dr. Michael Hynes, David Kates and Brian Valenza