In a recent letter to SASD Superintendent Joe Sheehan, Pam Veldboom invited district students to become involved in a project to send cards and letters to her son, Josh, U.S. Army specialist and former SASD student, and 300 other Wisconsin soldiers stationed in Iraq.
Cooper Elementary School third grade teacher, Ann Wusterbarth, found the request an ideal match for her third graders' recent interest in a community service project. Following a flurry of emails between the two, the project was started. Students of second grade teacher, Kelly Brotz, and Above the Influence director, Ann Bunke, also showed appreciation to the soldiers by writing letters and designing cards.
"Letters, cards, and packages are often the ties to home that remind soldiers someone back home is thinking about them," Veldboom noted. Veldboom added, "With so many troops pulling out of Iraq, the soldiers that remain work longer hours and extra missions to keep things going. Even a small gesture of appreciate is deeply valued."
On Monday, December 20, Veldboom treated Wusterbarth's third grade students to a pizza luncheon in their classroom. Students asked questions and shared words of appreciation for Veldboom and her son who is stationed far from this Wisconsin classroom.