"Your readers are probably aware of the Virtues program being taught in the Willmar Public Schools, but they may not realize how that program has helped the Blue Star Mothers support our troops.
The virtue for November is gratitude so students are learning to be thankful for the people in their lives who had given so much. To show their gratitude, the students of Kennedy, Jefferson and Lincoln Elementary Schools have been collecting items for the Blue Star Mothers to send to our deployed troops. The response has been amazing!
We have 117 boxes packed to the brim with batteries, puzzle books, snacks, candy, and most importantly, notes, cards, and artwork from the students. One student gave his toy horse with a note wrapped around it. Another student gave his leather NFL football because he wanted the soldiers to have something to toss around during the time they aren’t on duty. These are just a few of the treasures we found. Clearly, these students have given more than mere possessions."
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