Washington Primary School students brought some holiday cheer to United States military service men and women by penning letters to uniformed personnel.
US Major Chris Capasso has visited Washington Primary School.
“Operation Gratitude” was coordinated by Washington School teachers Tina Balducci and Peri Alfano. Ms. Alfano’s son, Peter is currently serving in the US Army in Germany and Ms. Balducci utilized a connection she has with US Army Major Christopher Capasso. The two servicemen helped with the distribution of the letters.
Major Capasso has served in the US Army since 2007 and completed several tours in Afghanistan. He has visited Washington School several times and met with students and sent the youngsters cards and military badges from across the country and globe. This marked the third year of the initiative.
Washington School teachers explained to their classes how the writing of such letters is a “nice gesture” and how much the military vets look forward to receiving the missives.
Washington School Principal Michelle Richards embraced the voluntary letter writing project, too. The letters were collected, boxed up and sent on their way.
“It was heartwarming to see all the beautiful cards and thoughtful words that came from the students,” Ms. Balducci said. “We are grateful to continue this great holiday tradition with the help from Dr. Richards and the staff and students at Washington. We wish all service men and women a safe and happy holiday.”