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Baltz Students Send Valentines to Vets
Over the last three weeks, Congressman John Carney asked students at Baltz Elementary School to make valentines cards thanking Delaware veterans for their service. On Tuesday morning, Carney visited Baltz Elementary School to pick up the valentines and discuss with the students what they learned about the roles that active military members and veterans play in our communities.
After a brief civics lesson, Congressman Carney asked the third grade students what they knew about veterans and how they might feel getting the cards. “It makes them feel better, happier,” said one of the girls displaying her brightly colored construction paper card. “We are saying Thank You.”
Congressman Carney took the cards to the VA Medical Center on Kirkwood Highway to hand out some of the valentines and visit with veterans receiving care. Many of the men and women who receive the valentines served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Delaware veterans are extremely appreciative when someone thanks them for their service and sacrifices for our nation,” said Congressman Carney. “Valentines for Vets is a great opportunity for young people to make a personal connection with a veteran and learn about the brave men and women who dedicate themselves to serving our country.”
Baltz Principal Kelly Hurtt said the program provides a lesson to the students. “Veterans and active members of the military give so much to the community, and they are great examples for our children to follow,” she said. “I hope that we can turn this project into an ongoing partnership so that our students can make even closer connections with veterans and learn from their experiences.”
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