Elementary Students Make Quilts for Troops Overseas
troops serving overseas received a special Valentines Day
present from students in the classes of Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Devine,
Mrs. Levandusky, and Mrs. Bonesteel at Tamarac Elementary School.
Students created classroom quilts made from their photos
and hand-written messages of thanks and appreciation. The students
presented their quilts at an event in the Tamarac Elementary
cafeteria before mailing them off to reach troops by Valentines
the event, each class read from letters they wrote to the troops.
thankful for you and all youre doing for us and the people in
Iraq, one student read.
Theres a purple heart on each card because they all deserve one,
another student read.
Sanada Bailey, who organized the activity, asked the students why it
was important for them to do something for the troops for
help others so we should do something for them, a student replied.
activity originated after Mrs. Bailey ran into a former school
employee, Pamela Naylor, whos husband is serving oversees. Mrs.
Naylor came into the school to share her husbands experiences with
the students. Major Lee R. Vartigian, a parent of Tamarac students
who just returned from Afghanistan, also came in to talk with the
students about his experiences.
thought this would be nice to do to show we really care, Mrs.
Bailey said. Its tied to character education. Compassion for
others is one of the things we work on.
of the four quilts were sent to Mr. Naylors unit oversees. The
fourth quilt was sent to Mrs. Naylor and her family.
way, hell have the three to display and have one to come home to as
well, Mrs. Bailey said.
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