Sapphire students accept a mission of love

on February 28, 2017

Love is in abundance at Sapphire Elementary and students were hankering to share some of this love with U.S. soldiers this Valentine’s Day! All Sapphire students created handmade Valentine’s Day greetings for soldiers who are currently serving on active duty, some of whom have a direct connection to families within the Monroe-Woodbury school district.

The children created heartfelt messages of love, using construction paper, red and pink hearts and more. The cards were adorned with words of gratitude, such as “Thank you for keeping me safe” and “Thank you for your service to our country” and hand drawn illustrations. Warmth and gratitude (and cuteness) flowed from every word and every picture!

Students have received messages of thanks from some of the soldiers, making their efforts all the more special!

I would like to extend my sincerest Thank You from all of us here at 1156 EN CO, for all of the Valentine’s day cards. We really appreciate all of the support we receive. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
1SG Richard M Berardinelli
Company First Sergeant

I’m contacting you today because I’m currently stationed in Hawaii. My name is PFC Fones and I serve in the marines. Today we received some very special Valentine‘s Day letters from some of your students. I wanted to express my gratitude towards them and thank you and your staff for helping organize these cards being sent to us. It means a lot knowing that from across the country we have young patriots who are willing to take time out of their day to make these, just so a few guys like me can feel appreciated. I just wanted to thank you and your school again for sending us these cards. It really does mean a lot even from something as small as a simple card.
Sincerely, Sean Fones

(paraphrasing from Facebook post)
First of all I have to rant and rave about Sapphire Elementary school. I’ve been away from home and from my six-year-old daughter since October an it’s been rough on both of us. For Valentine’s Day her teacher and principal took the time to have every kiddo in her class make me a Valentine’s Day card, each of them with an American flag on the outside and a picture they drew on the inside, and sent them to me. They even sent a picture of the whole class holding their cards and my daughter in the middle holding hers and the flag! That meant more to me than I could ever explain.
Bethany Black

Sapphire students make valentines for soldiers.

Students at Sapphire Elementary shared some love with active duty soldiers by creating handmade Valentine cards for them.

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