Many South Sound elementary students making Valentines for Veterans

Many South Sound elementary students making Valentines for Veterans

lpemberton@theolympian.comFebruary 12, 2014 

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, is once again sponsoring a Valentines for Veterans Drive.

“We are fortunate here in the South Sound to call so many veterans our friends and neighbors,” he said. “The Valentines for Veterans Drive is a great opportunity each year to remind ourselves of the sacrifices our veterans and military families have made.”

People are invited to drop off cards for the effort from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Heck’s office at Lacey City Hall, 420 College St. SE, Lacey.

Several South Sound schools signed up to participate in the drive. Among them: Evergreen Forest, Chambers Prairie, Horizons, Lacey, Lakes, Meadows, Olympic View and South Bay elementary schools in the North Thurston School District; East Olympia and Michael T. Simmons elementary schools in the Tumwater School District, and Centennial and Boston Harbor elementary schools in the Olympia School District.

On Tuesday, students in Sara Klein’s second-grade class at Michael T. Simmons put the finishing touches on large cards they created with red construction paper and heart cut-outs. Each included a personalized letter from the students.

“They were really into it,” Klein said.

Heck’s staff will deliver the cards to vets Friday at a few American Legion and VFW posts in Thurston County, the Wounded Warriors program at Madigan Army Medical Center, and VA Puget Sound’s American Lake campus.

“Last year we got more than 1,000, and this year we’re easily expecting more than 2,000,” said Phil Gardner, a spokesman for Heck’s office.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com

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