The first-grade class at Wakefield Country Day School was recently thanked for its participation this winter in Operation Gratitude. As part of their commitment to Service — one of Wakefield’s “Five Pillars of Education” — they brought in items to be shipped to military members who are serving overseas.
“The children brought in candy, snacks, small toys (for the soldiers to share with children they meet overseas) and toiletry items throughout the months of November and December,” said first-grade teacher Jennifer Thede. “In class, the students wrote many notes and drew pictures to share with the servicemen and women overseas.”
In all, the 14 students donated 13 pounds of candy, letters and assorted items that were part of more than 100,000 “chock full” care packages that went overseas filled with snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and letters from caring students and adults.
“Receipt of such demonstrations of love and concern from the homeland offers our troops a much-deserved respite from the hardships of service, and is always greeted with enthusiasm and great appreciation,” wrote Carolyn Blashek, president of Operation Gratitude, in thanking the students.