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Bronxville Union Free School District

Students Spread Love, Make Valentines for Veterans

With Valentine’s Day approaching, Bronxville Elementary School students have taken the time to spread love and craft handmade cards to thank veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country.

Spearheaded by the Elementary Student Council, the students organized different materials, including pink and red construction paper, stickers and glue, to decorate their heartfelt messages for the “Valentines for Veterans” project. The materials were then distributed to each elementary school classroom.

“This is such a great service project for all elementary students,” said Lauren Carfora, student council co-advisor and fourth-grade teacher. “They are encouraged to be good citizens and recognize the sacrifices made by these veterans to protect our freedom. As my students have pointed out, many of these veterans are in need of some love and may not have people in their lives to do that. By making these valentines, the students are doing something to make someone else feel good.”

Students said they wanted to make the veterans feel appreciated and let them know that someone cares about them on Valentine’s Day.

“This is a great example of citizenship, which is one of the four dispositions of the Bronxville Promise,” Carfora said. “Empathy, kindness, compassion…these are the qualities we want to develop in our children and this project helps to foster that. The messages the students wrote the veterans were sweet, kind and uplifting.”

The school simultaneously collected personal hygiene and home furnishing items for the veterans. These items, along with the valentines, will be brought to the James J. Peters V.A. Medical Center in the Bronx on Feb. 12.

“When given these types of opportunities, the children truly thrive and learn how to be more empathetic while broadening their awareness of the needs of others,” said Susan Engelhardt, student council co-advisor and fourth-grade teacher.

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