Commissioner Holliday Visits Waterside
On Tuesday February 12th, Commissioner Terrance C. Holliday of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs visited the Waterside School for Leadership, led by Principal Linda T. Munro. The commissioner spoke to the eager middle school scholars about his 40 years in the military service. Holliday shared his experiences as a member of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves from which he retired with the rank of colonel.
Holliday also provided the scholars with information about the various US military branches and expressed the significant role each plays in securing our safety.
Sixth grade student Christopher Borum expressed his own interest in the military. “I was interested in what Commissioner Holliday said about the military because I’ve always wanted to join. Now I am even surer that I do.” Holliday also emphasized the importance of community service, even at such a young age.
The commissioner stated, “It is important that everyone gives back. We all do it in so many ways. It makes a difference.”
The commissioner spoke about how important it is to finish high school and continue on with a further education, echoing Waterside’s emphasis on college preparation.
The scholars and staff truly enjoyed Holliday’s presentation. Many stayed after to ask additional questions about his current role in the Mayor’s office and his military experience.
The school officials noted they were grateful that the commissioner took the time from his busy schedule to visit Waterside.