Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wounded Warriors and Blankets of Hope

It was a beautiful day here in the Shenandoah...picture perfect in fact!

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!  

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a terrific post! Thanks for sharing your enrichment activity with us as well as the finished Blankets of Hope!

Robin

Margaret said...

That's just wonderful, Valerie! Such a special thing for you and your students to do!

Laurie in Iowa said...

What a wonderful thing your students have done. TFS

Siobhan said...

That is beautiful, Valerie, that your students showed support for the troops that way. :)

Nancy said...

Thank you for your posting! What a wonderful thing for your students to learn about and for them to contribute to!

dixiesamplardesigns said...

Thnak you for this inspiring post, Valerie! What a wonderful project for your students to engage in...and one each of us should contribute to as well!! I will be looking into this program myself.

Happy Stitchin'
Terri

Kathy Ellen said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. What a special project for your students to be a part of and learn about how to give back to our wounded troops. The Wounded Warrior organization is wonderful!

Jackie said...

Hi Valerie,
Thank you for sharing this post. I really enjoyed reading through it. I see a lot of "Chads" all the time during my visit at the VA hospitals and the Veteran's home. An inspiration they are but very sad two; mind you they are not looking for sympathy.
What better way for instaill character building in young children. TFS.
Hugs.
Jackie