Since 2006, Northport K-8 School has proudly incorporated a thriving Veterans Partners in Education program throughout the school. Veterans are visible and can be recognized as part of the fabric of Northport. One of the founding partners in the school’s veteran program was Peter Popolizio. Peter was a corporal who served valiantly on Pork Chop Hill in the Korean War. Mr. Popolizio earned many medals on Pork Chop Hill including the Silver Star. Peter served as past Commander of the local Korean War Veterans Assoc., Chapter 106 and also was dubbed Saint Lucie County School District Volunteer of the Year two years ago, representing the work of all SLC veterans in our public schools.

His work was integral as a founding partner and his love, respect and willingness to educate our children was distinguished. Peter Popolizio passed away last March. With his passing, our children have lost a significant piece of history, a primary source for the Korean War and a very loving and caring man. The Korean War Veterans, Chapter 106 have dedicated a beautiful cherry wood working fireplace with a gold plaque thanking Popolizio for his time and dedication to the children of the school. Principal, Glenn Rustay, Assistant Principals, Lorie Monroe and Lisa Cash and Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka as well as instructor Georgia Stone and her class of sixth graders and Jennifer Lusardi with her group of third graders proudly lit the fireplace as it was dedicated. This holiday season, the children of Northport will be enjoying a fully decorated media center with Christmas tree’s and tinsel as well as sitting by the fireplace and reading beautiful holiday books. Northport will long cherish the memory of Commander Peter Popolizio. Many thanks to all our Veteran Partners in Education. All Community members welcome to come in and sit by the fire for a few minutes to remember Peter Popolizio.