I thought I would share with you a special project that some of my students participated in. It is the week before summer break at the alternative school where I teach. During the last week of school, we have "Enrichment" which is a week long program where we teach the kids about character and engage in character building exercises. We invited an Iraqi War veteran to speak to the kids. Our speaker, Chad, was a Marine and participated in the first battle for Fallujah. While engaged in fierce fighting, Chad was severely wounded. He spent several years in rehab and is now a part of the Wounded Warrior Project. He gives inspirational talks and we were thrilled to have him come and speak to our kids. Afterwards, the students made "Blankets of Hope" for the "Soldiers' Angels" organization. Our students made four blankets to be given to wounded soldiers...what an amazing experience! Chad was given a "Blanket of Hope" when he was wounded and brought it in to show our students. As many of you know, the kids at my school struggle with mental and behavioral health issues...it was wonderful to see our students so engaged in such a wonderful cause! I took a few pictures with my cell phone (sorry, they are a bit blurry) and I wanted to share them with you...
Chad talking with a small group of students...he was such an inspiring speaker!
Chad, students and teachers tying one of the "Blankets of Hope"
Our four finished blankets...the teacher seated next to Chad has a son in the Army who just returned from Afghanistan.
If you are interested in making a "Blanket of Hope" or would like to learn more about "Soldiers' Angels" click here...
There are other ways to show your support for our troops...take a look through the "Soldiers' Angels" website for other ideas.
Thank you for allowing me to share a special experience!