Number of Participants: 11
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $186
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: December 6, 2016
2340 Stewart Avenue Westbury
New York 11590, United States
Fifth-graders of Bowling Green Elementary School in the East Meadow School District- which include student athletes- made paracord “survival” bracelets through Operation Gratitude for U.S. troops and first responders.
According to its website, Operation Gratitude annually sends more than 200,000 care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and handmade items as well as personal letters of appreciation to veterans, first responders, wounded heroes, new recruits and active U.S. service members deployed overseas.
Each student of Jennifer Abshire’s class braided parachute cords to create a bracelet that can withstand 550 pounds of weight. When unraveled, the bracelets can provide eight feet of strong rope or string in emergency situations. The outer sheath and inner strings of the bracelets can be used as a sling or tied on a splint, as a tripwire, to make nets and traps, or as thread to stitch wounds.
Additionally, each fifth-grader attached a personalized message thanking the servicemen and women for their service to our country.
Photo Caption: Jennifer Abshire’s fifth-grade class at Bowling Green Elementary School created paracord “survival” bracelets for U.S. troops and first responders through Operation Gratitude.
Photo courtesy of the East Meadow School District