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Waxhaw Elementary students make cards for soldiers

A class of kindergarten students will be putting lots of smiles on the faces of American soldiers this holiday season when they receive handmade cards from the children, with the assistance of their parents.

“The goal is to produce more than 200 cards that will go to soldiers who are either recovering from wounds they received or just to say thank you for their service,” said Waxhaw Elementary kindergarten teacher Tiffany Brown. “About 21 parents came to our class and worked with their children in making these messages of cheer.”
In all, the class made 235 cards. Brown has sent the finished cards to the American Red Cross who will now send them to recovering soldiers and those still serving over seas.

Brad Ladr of Waxhaw came to the elementary school to help his son, Nicholas, 5, make the cards. “I’m here to assist my son in thanking our troops for protecting us and allowing us to maintain our freedom and our way of life and to show them the respect they’re due,” Ladr said.

His son, Nicholas, 5, said he enjoyed making the cards. “I’m making these for soldiers because they protect our country,” he said, as he carefully wrote the message on the front of his card. “I’m saying ‘thank you’.”

His father added, “We want to show our support for our troops and make somebody’s Christmas a little brighter knowing that a small classroom back in North Carolina has taken the time to think of them and help to make it a little easier for them over there.”

Brown said sending cards to soldiers has been a goal of hers for a few years, but the Red Cross was finally helping to make it a reality. “It’s finally an opportunity for the kids to make connections, and help families over seas.”

To help students put a face on the people they were sending cards to, Brown had US Army Staff Sgt. Scott Lofton come to her class to talk with the students about his time in Iraq. “He told them that he had taught the Iraqi people how to hook up and use computers and he had helped to build schools,” Brown said. “The students loved it.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 15, 2008 by Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator

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