KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Students at Bob Hope Primary School are showing their support for deployed troops through “Art from the Heart.”

Children in first through third grade drew pictures with sentiments of support and encouragement. The drawings will be mailed to about six units in Iraq and one in Afghanistan where some of the students’ parents are currently deployed, Chrisse Harwanko, the school’s art teacher, said Friday.

Nathan Punla, 8, a third-grader, said he hopes his picture makes someone happy, “instead of just thinking about the war thing.”

His father, an airman, recently returned from Iraq.

Third-grader Shedrick Garett, 8, drew his picture of a “family getting ready to give the Army man a hug,” because he thought they probably needed a hug.

Second-grader Cameron Davis, 7, said drawing a picture for a deployed servicemember made her “really happy.”

Her father, who is in the Air Force, is scheduled to deploy to Iraq after Halloween. But instead of sending him artwork, she plans to make a notebook of all she does in school so he won’t miss anything, she said.

This is the fourth year Harwanko has had her art students draw pictures for deployed troops, she said.

“It’s a good thing to start off the beginning of the year with a community project,” she said.

The pictures “help with (the children’s) understanding of deployment” and includes them in the experience, she said.

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