Mrs. Hamilton’s fifth grade class at Sunnycrest Elementary School participated in the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
“I got the idea from my friend, Sarah, who teaches in Eastern Washington,” Mrs. Hamilton said. “My kids were very excited to write letters to service men and women who are either recovering in hospitals or currently stationed overseas.”
In their letters they expressed their thanks for serving our country and especially for the hardship this causes during the holidays.
“My students were very empathetic with service people who have to be away from family and friends during our holiday season,” she said.
Many students expressed how hard this must be and explained the joy they have celebrating with their families. Many students also expressed that they were sure Santa would find him or her at Christmas.
One student, Lauren, wrote something that really touches the heart. In part of her message she wrote, "I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! This year I am really excited to see my family and spend some time together and to share our love and laughter, too. I hope Santa brings something special for you for Christmas."
Students were really excited to decorate their cards with painted wreaths, trees and snowflakes.
“I think this was a great reminder for students to be sensitive to friends and schoolmates that have parents that aren't with them during the holidays,” Hamilton said. “Many students thought that surely all the service people return home to spend Christmas with families. This isn't the case for many serving overseas.”
Students used their best handwriting, decorating skills and expressing thanks for everything our men and women give up to keep us safe.