A class project for 5th graders at Rolling Green Elementary School turned into an ongoing correspondence with soldiers in Afghanistan.
Brandie Fago’s class is making Valentine’s Day cards to send to soldiers. At Christmas time, students wrote heartfelt letters to the troops.
“I wrote, ‘I think you a lot for everything you’ve done for the U.S.A., me, my family, my class, my school, everything,” says student Marquez Jordan.
Fellow classmate, Kaci Hunter, echoed those sentiments.
“Thank you for all [Master Sgt. Kevin Roehl] has done and for all that his troops have done for us. I tell him about how dangerous and hard his job must be, but that how he has to just say strong.”
Soon after, their teacher got an email back from Roehl. It said, “I just wanted you to know that [Kaci’s] letter was very touching, especially since I have a 5th grader waiting for me at home.”
Roehl asked Fago if he could write Hunter back. She agreed. “Of course,” said Fago, “that’s awesome!”
Hunter says she was surprised to get a package back.
“He sent me a badge and it’s got SF on it and the SF stand for security forces,” said Hunter. “He gave me that badge that him and some of his other troops wear.”
Rolling Green has now adopted Master Sgt. Roehl as their service member. They held a donation drive and are sending care packages with their cards.