Children remember vets on Valentine’s Day |

Children remember vets on Valentine’s Day

Honest compassion is alive and living in the hearts of Kingsbury Middle School students.

After Patty Fore read Ann Landers’ Jan. 6th column, “Remember Veterans on Valentine’s, to her fifth-grade class, the kids set to work on a very special project.

Twenty-seven students made Valentine’s Day cards to send to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Reno.

“Ann Landers wrote a very nice letter (about sending valentines to veterans) and I was just so moved by it,” Fore said. “I said, ‘We’re going to do this.’ So I asked the kids and they really wanted to do it. They have such genuine sentiments. Some of them made more than one.”

A pile of colorful cards were filled with drawings, poetry, psalms and words of thanks and encouragement.

Ten-year-old Megan Esquivel wrote: “Dear Veteran, I hope this valentine will cheer you up. I know we can’t repay you for fighting for us, but I hope this will help.”

It was obvious that a lot of time and thought was put into each card.

Fifth-grader Kerry Dunleavy said she wanted to send a card to the Veterans Hospital to show her appreciation.

“I think it’s special because they worked really hard and we wouldn’t be here and be free if they hadn’t fought for us,” Dunleavy said. “They put their lives in risk for our freedom so I think they deserve a valentine to make them smile.”

Some kids said they didn’t know much about veterans before Fore read the Landers column.

“I never really thought about veterans that much, but then when Mrs. Fore was telling us about the valentines I realized how much they did for us,” Siobhan Curley said. “People might not think about veterans a lot. It just came into my mind on Valentine’s Day because Mrs. Fore talked about it, but people should think about it more.”

Curley said making valentines made her feel special too.

“It made me feel good that I was going to make someone else feel good,” she said. “I hope it makes them feel better if they’re sick or something.”

Sarah Bellotti also stumbled upon a new awareness about veterans.

“The veterans should be noticed by people,” Bellotti said. “And it makes me feel good to make them happy on Valentine’s Day.”

Fore said she tried to impress upon her students the importance of recognizing the sacrifices veterans made.

“Just talking about it brings it back into people’s hearts and minds,” Fore said. “It’s a kind word, and that can do so much.”

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