While students count down the days toward their school holiday break, students in Maureen McDonald’s pre-k class at Montgomery C. Smith bustled with the holiday spirit as they created artwork and discussed their appreciation by creating care packages for Adopt-A-Soldier. The overarching theme was a sense of gratitude to the deployed soldiers for their commitment and dedication to serve.
“We are on the receiving end of being chosen as a class to receive hats/mittens from Pine Haven Nursing Home for the second year. The holiday season isn’t all about receiving, it’s also about giving,” Mrs. McDonald said. I think it’s a very important value for these children to learn, and they were so excited to give.” The students took time to make Christmas cards and parents and student-donated items that were on a suggested list. “I’m proud that our students and their families are being taught to show their appreciation for supporting this dedicated and caring soldier,” said Mrs. McDonald.
The class packed and shipped 2 big boxes of snacks, goody-bags and of course hand-made cards to a young soldier in Afganistan away from his family and two young children. Mrs. McDonald said that “the idea came to me from the Hudson community board on Facebook.”
For more information about adopting a soldier visit: http://www.americasadoptasoldier.org