Students say thanks to vets

Notes from the Classroom: Indian Trail Elementary

Students from Indian Trail Elementary made valentines last week for veterans both in Union County and across the state, as a way of saying thanks for their service. (Courtesy of Indian Trail Elementary)

Editor’s note: Our recurring series Notes from the Classroom gives teachers and staff members in Union County schools the opportunity to talk about experiences in the classroom or projects their students are working on. This week, Indian Trail Elementary staff member Mary Robinson talks about the school’s Valentine’s Day surprise for veterans.

The students of Indian Trail Elementary School honored our country’s veterans by making Valentine cards and writing letters to recognize and thank them for their service, along with wishing them a Happy Valentine’s Day. This is the second year that the students have participated in this community service project.

Cathy Reese, fifth grade teacher, initiated the project last year by asking teachers to have their students make Valentines for Vets. The project was a success once again this year, and Mrs. Reese would like to make the project an annual tradition. Teachers in grades pre-K through fifth grade presented a lesson about veterans to their students before making the Valentine cards so that they understood why they were making the cards and who they were making them for.

The cards were decorated for Valentine’s Day, and some of them included a drawing of the flag. Many of the cards and letters included the words “Thank you for serving our country.”

Mrs. Reese got the idea from former newspaper advice columnist, Ann Landers, who had requested annually that teachers participate in this project with their students. The week of Feb. 14 each year is dedicated as a week to say thank you to more than 98,000 veterans of the United States Armed Services who are cared for in Veterans Affairs medical centers, outpatient clinics, and nursing homes.

Bruce Carter, Commandant of Charlotte Marine Corps League Detachment 750, once again assisted with the project by picking up the valentines at the school and arranging for the delivery of the cards to veterans in North Carolina. The cards would be delivered to the Wounded Warriors Barracks at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Carter spent some time visiting with Mrs. Reese’s fifth grade class. He explained who the Wounded Warriors are, answered questions from the students, and expressed sincere thanks on behalf of the veterans. Several students, along with Assistant Principal Jackie Roper, humbly thanked Carter for his own service to our country.

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