Sending soldiers a smile this Christmas
The fourth grade students at Rock Creek Elementary did a little something special for those who won’t be getting to spend their Christmas at home with family this year.
Rock Creek fourth graders Landon Relford and Noah Thompson mail out the Christmas letters they and their fellow classmates wrote to soldiers.
Shonna Thompson stopped by the Herald Chronicle office to share how her son, Noah Thompson, and his classmates decided to make the holidays a little brighter for others.
She explained that Noah had recently come to her about writing letters to soldiers thanking them and wishing them a Merry Christmas.
Mrs. Thompson mentioned Noah’s grandfather, John Pirie, is in the Army and is stationed in Korea.
“It was Noah’s idea to get his classmates involved, and when he shared this with his teacher Mrs. Kathy Jones, she thought it would be a great activity for them to do as part of their writing lessons,” she said.
Mrs. Jones then had the entire fourth grade take part in this activity, teaching the students how to write a formal letter. The students wrote a total of 40 letters that will be sent to Noah’s grandfather in Korea to be passed out on the base there.
Thompson mentioned a lot of Noah’s classmates are also familiar with her father, as he’s visited the school before to speak with the students about being in the military.
“So, they were excited to get to do this, and it was also an educational activity for them,” she said. “The letters are wellwritten and really sweet.” Thompson showed one of the letters that she deemed especially nice. The following is what it said:
Dear solider, You are so brave to be on the battlefield. I’m so sorry you don’t get to see your family. What branch of the military are you in? How many places have you been in? I am very glad we stand as a free country. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Love, Landon Relford
Those involved in the effort say it’s definitely encouraging to see young people with such big hearts, and these letters will surely bring a smile to the faces of the 40 soldiers who receive them this Christmas.