Number of Participants: 25
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $423
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: December 6, 2016
286 Cuba Hill Road Huntington
New York 11743, United States
Students and student athletes in Suzanne Reilly’s fifth-grade class at James H. Boyd Intermediate School recently spread their generosity by giving back to the military this holiday season. The class sponsored a soldier and his squadron overseas, creating cards and raising money to purchase a VISA gift card for the soldier to buy internet access to SKYPE home or use as he pleased.
In the past, Ms. Reilly’s classes participated in a number of programs, such as Operation Shoebox during the holidays, but this was the first time her class ever sponsored a soldier. She sent home an information sheet to parents regarding the service project and, with the help of the students and their families, the class raised $300 for the cause.
As part of the sponsorship program, the class received a photo of their adopted soldier and his squadron. “The students were thrilled” said Ms. Reilly. “It made it that much more real.”
The class learned about the history of the 101 Airborne Division, where the squadron is from, and drew patriotic pictures for them. Many students personalized their cards and drawings with the squadron’s logo. The class also took a group photo to send to their adopted soldier with a self-addressed envelope in hopes that he would write back.
/p>Ms. Reilly received a call on Thanksgiving from the soldier’s mother and father, thanking her personally for the gift card, notes and drawings. They read all the cards and told Ms. Reilly that they were moved by the thoughtfulness from complete strangers. The package was mailed to Afganistan on Nov. 25.
“My class is anxious to hopefully get a response from our soldier” said Ms. Reilly.
1) Fifth-graders in Ms. Reilly’s class proudly held up their cards that they made.
2) James H. Boyd Intermediate School students created cards and raised money for a soldier in Afganistan.
Photos courtesy of the Elwood Union Free School District