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Love Chapel students create holiday messages for veterans

Veteran Jeremy Slaughter displays cards he received from Love Chapel students. (Contributed photo)

By Richard Rourk

Valentine’s Day is a day that is usually for lovers. But for one area school, the holiday took on a whole different meaning.

According to Love Chapel Elementary educator Kristen Allen, the kindergarten and second grade classes at Love Chapel worked on the project following a news report about the program “Valentine’s for Veterans.”

“WJHL had a story asking for people to send Valentine’s Day cards to the veterans,” Allen said. “Several of our teachers saw it and mentioned it to our classes and without hesitation, they wanted to participate.”

For Allen, the project allowed the students a chance to put their studies to use.

“Our students in kindergarten have been learning about holidays and how they relate to specific people,” Allen said. “When learning about Veteran’s Day, the students made significant connections to family members who had served in the military, and this was very important to them.”

According to Allen, the second grade has been studying about the cost of freedom.

“In second grade, we recently completed a unit of study on government and students learned about what freedom means and also how men and women have sacrificed so much for our rights,” Allen said. “Our school had done a video tribute and breakfast for veterans in November for Veterans Day and this was something that was still in their thoughts.”

The project didn’t just stop with those lessons.

“We have also been learning about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and one of those habits is to synergize which means to work together,” Allen said. “This was an excellent opportunity for students in both grade levels to work together on something that was really important to them and also to say thank you. They were very excited for the opportunity to participate in this project.”

According to Allen, the project was a labor of love for the students and staff.

“The students truly enjoyed working on this at home and at school,” Allen said. “We received a thank you note from the VA and they told us they were so excited to get homemade cards from the students.”

For Allen and the staff at Love Chapel, this is a project that would be welcomed in the future. “We would absolutely be interested in doing this again,” Allen said.

Allen acknowledged that it took the whole community to make the project a success.

“We really appreciate our families at Love Chapel and they also worked to make some of the cards at home,” Allen said. “We had cards from younger siblings as well as students in kindergarten and second grade. We have so many supportive families who are always willing to help out.”

Love Chapel continues to keep students involved in upcoming projects.

“We had a family math night on Feb. 18,” Allen said. “Students and their families played math games centered around what their children were learning at school.”

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