This is the third year my students and I have participated in the Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes Program. It is one of my favorite projects and I am so glad I have made it a yearly tradition. The students create cards that are quite touching and heartwarming. They really get into the spirit and put a lot of thought and effort into their work. Most students want to make more than one card so I give them free reign. Each year I invite Carmencita’s class to join us and this year the elementary class came over as well. It’s nice to see the different levels of students working together in one room, toward one common goal. I love it!
Here is a little more info about this program from the Red Cross website:
Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday greetings to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.
The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season. Each year we collect cards between October and early December and then distribute them at military installations, veterans hospitals, and in other locations.
Here are some shots of my kids in action: