Ga. elementary students sending notes of thanks to troops
The Brunswick (Ga.) News
GLYNN, Ga. — Students at Altama Elementary are already thinking about Thanksgiving, but their thoughts aren't geared toward the holiday feast itself.
It's geared toward those who are keeping them and the rest of the nation free – the men and women in the nation's armed forces.
Each grade at the school is creating personal Thanksgiving thank-you cards in Elizabeth Rosner's art class that they will send to soldiers overseas. They have to start early to make sure the cards make it to their destination in time for the late November observance.
Rosner says the project actually started last school year at the request of one of her friends.
"I had a friend who was overseas with her husband last year and she'd asked us to make cards," Rosner said. "I thought we could do it on our own this year.
"(Principal Michelle) Drew said that if we would make the cards, the school will find the money to get them sent."
The students created a traditional turkey on the cards by tracing their hands, adding color and gluing on feathers.
Each card begins with the salutation "To my protector" and includes several freedoms students are thankful for, including access to an education and the freedom to worship, vote and grow up to be whatever they choose.
"It helps bring awareness for the kids about the privileges they have, as well as that someone fought for them," Rosner said. "They aren't just given. There's a price to be paid. And it helps them better understand what's going on."
Students demonstrated an understanding of the sacrifice soldiers make in their heartfelt letters. Some created red, white and blue turkeys dotted with the stars and stripes of the American flag.
For students like 8-year-old Kayona Smith, a third grader, the opportunity to send thanks hit home.
"I think it's cool. My dad is in the military and I like him for what he does. I'm proud of him," Kayona said of her father, who is in the Army. "So I like that I get to do things like this to thank other people that do what he does, too."