Think back to grade school and fall parties. You know, the ones they used to call “Halloween” parties where the kids dressed up and paraded their costumes around, played “pin-the-hat-on-the-witch” and ate candy most of the day?
Even though much of the “Halloween” tradition is no longer in public school systems, a new tradition started at ours. It’s one that I hope they keep.
This year, after playing bingo and eating snacks, students at my son’s elementary school wrote “Thank You” letters to veterans at our local VA hospital. Next week, a representative from the hospital will come to the school for a special assembly, some of the kids will read their letters out loud and the student council will present the VA with a stack of 246 thank you messages.
The idea came from a mom who’d heard about the Million Thanks movement and wanted to do something for local veterans. The kids loved it. Some of them wrote three or four letters; others fretted over writing just the right words to express what was in their little hearts.
One of my favorite letters went like this:
Dear American Hero,
Thank you so much for your sacrifice for our country. Because of what you did, we can be free. When I grow up, I want to be a hero like you and do good things for others.
Thank you from one of your citizens,
*A 3rd grade student*
Here’s to inspiring a new generation with the ideas of service, character, and integrity, and to living lives worthy of the sacrifices made on our behalf.