Second-graders in Kathryn Meek and Christine VanDemortel’s classroom at Perkins School recently made holiday cards for U.S. soldiers stationed in Syria.
The campaign started after Meek and her family started sending letters and cards to her cousin Christopher D’Amico, 22, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, a second lieutenant in the Army who was deployed to a remote part of Syria in August. After learning from D’Amico how few people in his unit receive mail, Meeks’ family asked relatives and friends if they would be interested in sending cards to soldiers.
The card and letter campaign took off once word got out, and 100 cards were sent to D’Amico before Thanksgiving for him to distribute. Submissions were included from elementary school children in Washington, D.C.
Meek planned to send a package of over 100 cards from students at Perkins, because many children in her class know or are related to someone in the service. She said students enjoyed participating in the card-making campaign.