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July 8, 2014

Pelham students' letters to troops now viewed every day in their mess hall

Local students' letters reach Coast Guard members

PELHAM — Local students spent part of their class time in May making cards for American troops overseas. Now, those cards are being seen every day in a military mess hall.

Madeline Dreusicke contacted Pelham schools and asked if students could make the cards for MooreMart, which sends packages to troops four times a year.

Dreusicke said the number of letters to troops has been down, due to a lack of military movements and people thinking they do not need to send letters anymore.

“I thought, ‘This is crazy. I’ve got three schools in Pelham,’” she said. “So, I went and knocked on doors. It doesn’t take a lot of time for these kids to write a card.”

One of those doors was that of Pelham Elementary principal Thomas Adamakos, who was happy to ask his teachers to spend class time writing cards.

“It’s a community activity and we’re pretty community-centered here,” Adamakos said. “A lot of our students have parents deployed overseas in military positions. It gives the kids some understanding of what their classmates are going through.”

Teachers were not required to have their classes write letters, but most of them did, and their enthusiasm was reflected in the children.

“They feel good knowing they’re doing something good,” Adamkos said. “They’re actually getting to the soldiers, the men and women overseas.”

The students wrote the letters in late May and sent them around Memorial Day.

Dreusicke collected all the cards and reviewed their content to make sure they were appropriate. She said they were all wonderful.

“It brings me to tears, what’s in these cards and letters,” she said. “It makes you proud to be an American because these kids understand what the price of freedom is. I was really proud of Pelham.”

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