First and second-grade students at Avon East Elementary School are learning a valuable lesson regarding the importance of remembering Veterans who have served our country and thanking them for their service.
Last week, students took the time to write letters to Veterans which were then taken to Mount Alverna Village skilled nursing facility in Parma where dozens of Veterans reside. The students also signed a large banner at the school which was taken to the nursing facility to hang during the week.
“My mother works there (Mount Alverna Village) and she wanted to do a program for the Veterans,” said Anne Triplett, teacher at Avon East. “She reached out to me three years ago and the classes at East have been writing letters ever since. The program at the nursing home has evolved into Veterans’ family bringing memorabilia regarding their years of service and other items to share. The students are very excited to honor those who have served. It is a great lesson to teach them to be grateful for the freedoms we have in this country.”
Several students have parents who serve in the military so they understand first-hand the sacrifices the men and women in the service make for them and the United States.
When asked why it is important to ‘thank’ the Veterans by writing letters, the students replied:
“They risked their lives to save us,” said Sadie Salvatore, 7.
“They risked their lives so we could have peace,” said Troy Louth, 7.
When asked ‘How do you think the Veterans will feel after they receive the letters?’ a student replied:
“They will be happy to know that little kids did this for them,” said Sam Ulery, 7.
Family members were also invited to make cards for the Veterans.
Photo credit: Avon Local Schools