Langley students mail off reminders of home to soldiers

Students dug out the art supplies to create unique cards for Canadian soldiers.

Grade 2 students at Fraser Valley Elementary made Christmas cards and joined them together into a cheeful paper quilt.

Other students at the Willoughby private school filled their cards with colourful images and holiday messages.

In all, the students ranging from kindergarten to Grade 5 made about 110 cards which have been sent to Canadian soldiers serving overseas.

“The students were really happy to do this,” said kindergarten teacher Leslie Fraser. “Some of the messages inside were so thoughtful and showed their gratitude for our troops.”

The school is across the street from a seniors complex and the students have written to veterans who live there.

“This idea was piggybacked on Remem-brance Day as we were talking about soldiers, troops, etc. and how important they are for our freedom,” she said.

The school used the Govern-ment of Canada website which has information on how to send items to military members abroad.

The kids had to turn their attentions to Christmas and the holidays well before most had even though of making their wishlist for Santa.

“The cards needed to be in at the end of November in order to get overseas in time for the holidays,” Fraser said.

Fraser said the kids really connected with the idea that these military members who were working on behalf of Canadians.

“Our school is quite a close community and we saw an opportunity to connect with another community and show our appreciation to them,” she added. “As an [International Baccalaureate] IB candidate school, it was a great opportunity for us to take action and send some holiday love to those who will not be with their families this holiday season.”

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