Guard Card project to provide free phone cards to all deployed Vermont Guard soldiers

first_imgToday, Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz announced a new program the Guard Card Project to provide free Verizon telephone cards to all deployed Vermont National Guardsmen and women.  In partnership with the Vermont National Guard, the USO (United Service Organizations) and Verizon, the Office of the Secretary of State has created a program to engage students in service learning projects that will help guard families by putting a free, 100 minute calling card in the pocket of every soldier who is deployed as a result of the mobilization order announced by Adjutant General Michael Dubie last week.Secretary of State Deb Markowitz said, We are pleased to announce this new program to help our citizen soldiers keep in touch with their families while they are serving overseas. With over 1,500 Vermont National Guardsmen and women to be deployed to Afghanistan beginning next fall, every Vermont community will be impacted. When we learned how many Vermont families would be impacted by this historic deployment, we wanted to organize an effort that would bring our schools and communities together to help support our troops and their families.  Missy Shea, Secretary of State s Office Civic Education Coordinator said, Communities across the state will feel this deployment. In many schools students will be impacted when a parent, or another loved one, is deployed. We thought a great service learning project would be to link students with guard families to offer support.Markowitz said, We know through research that students who have had opportunities to practice the skills of civic engagement will be more likely to be active citizens in the future. Our Guard Card service initiative provides this kind of learning opportunity. It is our hope that teachers will use this project to help students learn the meaning and importance of service in our communities.Shea explained that the original concept of the project was for students to provide assistance to guard families either through direct service such as babysitting, stacking wood and mowing lawns, or by raising money to help buy long distance phone cards for each soldier who is being deployed to make it easier for them to keep in touch with their families.   Shea explained that when Verizon was approached with the phone card idea, they offered to provide the calling cards for free through a promotional program they had established with the USO. Shea says it was a pleasure working with Verizon. The company does a lot to support the troops. Their partnership with the USO is what s providing these cards. The fact that Vermont soldiers have a back-up way to stay in touch with their families during deployment is incredibly helpful. We very much appreciate the generosity of Verizon and the USO.Major Randall Gates, Director of the Vermont National Guard State Family Readiness Program, and himself a soldier who will be deployed, adds, “This calling card endeavor is a tremendous showing of community support for our soldiers. While some of our soldiers may use other communication technologies such as instant messaging or personal video, all of our soldiers will benefit greatly from these phone cards.  The soldiers will be able to use the cards during their out-of-state mobilization training or use them for a call from Afghanistan. We commend Verizon and the USO. Our airmen, soldiers and Family Readiness Program have benefited from the ideas generated by Secretary Deb Markowitz’s office, and we look forward to further collaboration.”Now that the cards have been donated, it opens even greater opportunity for schools to develop other service-learning projects in support of the soldiers and their families. According to Shea, some schools have already been inspired by the Guard Card project to raise money to help pay for the distribution of the cards. Benson Village School 3rd and 4th graders have designed phone card envelopes with special messages for the guardsmen and women. At Cavendish Elementary, students hosted an Ed-u-thon , playing learning games through the night to raise $1,400 they will donate. Beginning this fall, the Office of the Secretary of State will be rolling out the Service-for-Service program to link schools with guard family support efforts in their communities. For more information about the Guard Card or related school-based service learning projects, please contact Missy Shea, Civic Education Coordinator, Office of the Secretary of State.Source: Markowitz’s office. read more

Syracuse loses 3-1 in 1st round of ACC Tournament

first_img Comments Published on October 31, 2018 at 9:40 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Julio Fulcar rolled three times on his side into the right crossbar of the Virginia Tech goal. Seconds earlier, he sent a ball trickling just over the head of the Hokies goalkeeper, but overshot the goal. It was his second close try of the second half, he didn’t convert on either. Fulcar perched up his head and slammed his hand to the ground three times before he rose gingerly and pulled down on his jersey. The frustration washed over Syracuse, who ended its hopes of a conference tournament run hardly giving itself a chance.“We created chances and put them under a lot of pressure and made life very uncomfortable for a good Virginia Tech team and that’s the positive we take away from it,” McIntyre said. “But obviously disappointed to kind of bounce out and not have a chance to continue our ACC games.”Syracuse (7-6-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) fell, 3-1, in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Virginia Tech (10-5-3, 3-4-1). Though the Orange outshot the Hokies 23-11, mistakes plagues SU and gave Virginia Tech wide open chances. McIntyre said he still is “very optimistic” that the Orange will see their name to the NCAA Tournament field. Syracuse has the “quality and the talent” to play, he said, but now Syracuse is forced to wait.“We were punished for a poor first half,” McIntyre said.The Orange’s resurgence began in its last matchup with Virginia Tech. Following a double-overtime loss in its last matchup, SU was forced to rethink itself sitting at 3-4-1 as it entered the thick of its conference schedule. McIntyre revered the talent and intrigue of the Syracuse roster, it just had to put it together. The Orange ripped off three-straight wins to follow, including its first conference win in nearly two years to then-No. 1 Wake Forest. A road tie to then-No. 11 Louisville and a seven-goal domination of St. Bonaventure seemingly validated the “belief,” McIntyre said, the streak helped the Orange install. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Syracuse’s season continued its ambiguity and a team that was thought to be changed — Syracuse freshman forward Hilli Goldhar said the Orange is “definitely a better team than the last time” it played Virginia Tech — reverted back to much of the same. Two ties and a loss dropped SU out of the top-25 ranking and put itself in a precarious position, traveling in the first round of the ACC tournament.The Hokies presented the Orange a challenge early on. Just 10 minutes into the game, Virginia Tech had broken into the Syracuse box several times In the 13th minute, Virginia Tech’s Nico Quashie received a through ball out in front of Kamal Miller. Miller caught up and wrestled the 6-2 forward away, who tumbled to the ground as Miller broke away with the ball. The chance was the beginning of an aggressive stretch for the Hokies, who pushed the ball up into the Syracuse box.In the 17th minute, Virginia Tech’s David Sanz finally broke all the way through and took a deflected corner off his chest. Before it hit the ground, he volleyed the ball into the back of the net. The rest of play that followed featured sloppy Syracuse passes, a lack of possession and tumbling pursuits of the ball from SU goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert.Later the in the game, Hugo Delhommelle sent a free kick into the head of an SU player and Buchanan was free for the cleanup, but his strike sailed high and hit the top bar. It bounced up again and Buchanan was called for a penalty in the box, stopping the chance. When Sondre Norheim tried to pull off a routine header to Hilpert in the 55th minute, Virginia Tech’s Kristo Strickler cut the pass off in midair and gave Virginia Tech its second goal of the barrage, which made a bounceback “very difficult” for the Orange.“It’s one of those things,” McIntyre said. “It can happen.”Despite 21 shots in the second half, the Orange fell short of every opportunity as the Hokies pushed ahead.A late Ryan Raposo goal had the Orange scurrying to start again, but with five minutes remaining, with was too late. As Quashie raced ahead of Orange defenders in the final minutes of the game, he had a chance to ice a game that was long past SU’s grasp. He rolled a third Hokies goal to the right of Hilpert, backpedaled and grinned. “We were throwing guys forward,” McIntyre said of the final goal, “and got ourselves caught.”Again and again, as they have for the entirety of the season, Syracuse’s conference opponents continue to come out on top.last_img read more