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Coman Hill Elementary School Second Graders Hold Virtual Visit with Marine Corps Major

Second graders at Coman Hill Elementary School have been studying the importance of community helpers, and with Veterans Day this week, students in two classes had a virtual visit with Marine Corps Maj. James Oliveto to ask him about his work. 

Second graders at Coman Hill Elementary School have been studying the importance of community helpers, and with Veterans Day this week, students in two classes had a virtual visit with Marine Corps Maj. James Oliveto to ask him about his work. 
 
Maj. Oliveto, the brother of Coman Hill teacher Laura Borneman, served on active duty in the Marines and is now in the Marine Corps Reserve and a New York State trooper. 
 
During a meeting with Toniann Urbieta and Mrs. Borneman’s class on Tuesday, students each asked Maj. Oliveto a question. 
 
They asked personal questions about his favorite food (pizza and Italian food), favorite childhood Halloween costume (Rocky Balboa) and if he has children (four). 
 
Students asked thoughtful questions about serving in the Marines, like what he missed most during his three deployments (his family), the kind of exercise he does (running) and about being a state trooper, like when do you turn on your vehicle’s lights and sirens (only when we need people to see that we’re moving fast.)
 
When asked about his favorite part of his work, Maj. Oliveto said it was helping others. 
 
“Ultimately, it’s being involved and being able to help people,” he said. “That’s why I am both a Marine and a New York State trooper. Both jobs allow me to help as many people as I can.”

Maj. Oliveto also talked with students in Nicole Cavalieri’s class, where Mrs. Borneman is also a co-teacher.

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