Chase students show their love with Valentines for Vets

four students are sitting around a table and decorating cards Students in Ms. Laurie Kilgore’s art and library classes at the Emma C. Chase Elementary School hope to spread some love to veterans and active military members near and far for Valentines Day. The classes are all participating in “Valentines for Vets” where students around the country create homemade cards to send to local vets as well as to military stationed overseas.

“When you send out cards, it makes you feel proud of yourself,” fifth-grade student Juliette Guliglil said. “They do so much for us, it feels nice to be able to do something for them.”

students hold up the Valentines they created Ms. Kilgore’s class is certainly no stranger for spreading cheer through the mail. Her students often create holiday cards around the holidays, New Years cards around the new year, and cards of appreciation for their families and friends throughout the year. The cards incorporate lessons from both art and library class, and it’s a project that sparks excitement and enthusiasm in many students. Oftentimes, students will drop into the library during their lunch time to help out with the cards.

“I want them to understand community service from a young age,” Ms. Kilgore said. “It’s always important to think of others.”

For more photos, visit the Valentines for Vets album on Facebook