How do you "adopt" a soldier? You sign up with the non-profit organization called Soldiers Angels.
After they give you clearance, they will assign you a soldier and give you his/her address overseas and you're ready to go! Who says the academics have to take a back seat? I teach my parts of a friendly letter, map skills, addressing an envelope, focusing on common/proper nouns, some history, and of course, citizenship and volunteering. I'd love to say that all my soldiers have been actively involved in the process of writing back to us faithfully, but that's not the case. I've had everything from no letters in return because they're just too busy, to other soldiers who write us back faithfully. I've even had one show up for a visit on Veterans Day the following year he returned from active duty. Last year my students got to be involved in a soccer ball drive with our soldier. He wanted us to collect soccer balls to send to him overseas where he distributed to the local village children in Basrah, Iraq. The whole "adoption" process has been a WIN/WIN for everyone involved. Enjoy some photos from some of our FAVORITE moments.
|The soccer ball drive was on the news and |
in a military publication. My students were
so proud that they helped get 200 soccer balls
delivered to such eager children in Iraq.
Some very excited 3rd graders collecting
soccer balls for a good cause
This adopted soldier's team proudly
displayed their fitness award
We were lucky enough to have one of our
adopted soldiers come VISIT us on Veterans Day!
He presented our class with a certificate of appreciation,
coins from his platoon, and a flag flown over their
camp in our honor while he was stationed in Iraq.
As always, if you would like some additional information or are interested in getting started, just let me know! I'll help in any way I can!
Bananas for those that serve and sacrifice for our freedom,