Students in Ruth Zimmerman’s third grade class at Stone Valley Community Charter School (SVCCS) school paid a visit to the Veterans Home in Hollidaysburg Dec. 14.
Each year, the classes at SVCCS do a community service project. The third grade students chose to support and honor service personnel by collecting items on the home’s wish list. They also wrote letters to active service personnel and veterans.
The class made three dimensional cards to deliver to the Veterans Home, in addition to collecting items such as shoes, slippers, watches, universal TV remotes, toiletries and clothing.
As a class, the children voted to forgo a gift exchange and use the money to buy things that would be used by residents at the home.
In response to their generosity, Zimmerman said, “I could not let the kids generosity go unmatched, and so, I asked them to donate money to the cause, rather than buy me the traditional ‘teacher gift.’”
In addition to the items collected, the class was able to give the home a cash donation.
After the trip, students wrote about the experience.
Ava said, “My favorite part of the field trip was when we passed out the cards and the ornaments to the veterans. My most favorite part of all was seeing happy smiles on the veterans faces. It was so fun, especially for the veterans. I am so happy that we could do that for them.”
Haileigh expressed a similar thought when she said, “My favorite part was when we got to see the veterans, because they had smiles on their faces and it made me smile.
When I saw how many presents that the veterans got, I was really thankful for the people that gave the veterans stuff, because they fought for our lives.”