Sand Creek students send holiday wishes to troops overseas

Eager to express holiday wishes to men and women serving in the U.S. military, Roger Johnson’s Sand Creek Elementary School fifth-graders made dozens of Christmas cards to be sent to troops serving overseas.

Sand Creek Elementary School fifth-graders pose with Christmas cards they will be sending to troops overseas.Photo submitted

Sand Creek Elementary School fifth-graders pose with Christmas cards they will be sending to troops overseas.Photo submitted

“Most kids did at least two cards and some did more,” said Johnson. “The students were thrilled to be a part of this.”

The Christmas card caper came about when longtime Coon Rapids American Legion members Clifford Newman and his wife suggested the idea to Johnson.

“We were happy to help out with cards for the troops,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s fifth-graders are also participating in Sand Creek’s school-wide reading of the book, “America’s White Table,” a children’s book that describes the purpose and significance of the white table, a table set as a symbol for and remembrance to service members fallen, missing or held captive in the line of duty. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit.

In addition to reading “America’s White Table,” classroom doors at Sand Creek Elementary School have been decorated in honor of the veterans and those currently serving in the military.

Sending the Christmas cards is part of a greater observance at Sand Creek of the life and sacrifice of American troops. Those cards, Johnson said, will be distributed to soldiers, sailors, air men and women and Marines serving overseas.

“The cards will be sent wherever our troops are serving overseas, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait among other places,” Johnson said.

“The students were thrilled to be a part of this,” he said.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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