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Students honor veterans for their service

Kailyn Gage, Gracie Suarez and Cyrene Jasso.

Through an initiative sponsored by Congressman Van Taylor’s office, Princeton elementary school students are making special cards for the “Valentine’s for Veterans” effort as teachers and students create valentines that will be hand-delivered to veterans at VA North Texas Healthcare System in Dallas.

The week of Feb. 14 is recognized as National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, which provides Americans the opportunity to honor and thank veterans across the country as it aims to increase community awareness of the critical role VA hospitals, outpatient clinics and nursing homes play in the treatment and care of the nation’s veterans. It also encourages citizens to reach out to hospitalized veterans.

Masen Carl and Ronald Woodfaulk.

Lindsey Woodard, a 3rd-grade teacher at Godwin Elementary, was quick to jump on the chance to have her students participate in the effort.

“My class has done something like this before, so I immediately knew the students would be excited for the opportunity to show love to our veterans,” Ms. Woodard said. “After listening to the stories about our veterans and their suffering, I have a soft spot in my heart for them.”

While some students in the district made their cards from scratch, Ms. Woodard helped her students by creating several different cards that the students could color. They were able to choose their own design.

Aiden Olvera and Jaxson Hall.

“Our veterans don’t always get appreciated for the sacrifices they made,” she said. “And who doesn’t like to get a card on Valentine’s Day?”

The students in Ms. Woodard’s 3rd-grade class enjoyed the afternoon coloring their cards and talking about the veterans.

“I think it is important because it honors everyone who served,” Godwin student Benito Diaz Morales said.

Akcire Hernandez.

The students all agreed it was a good idea to make cards for the veterans.

“By doing this, it shows we are thankful for what they do and all of their hard work,” said Ronald Woodfaulk, who is also in Ms. Woodard’s class.

“I think it’s really cool that we can do this,” said 3rd-grader Masen Carl. “It’s really neat because all the veterans will get a special message from us for Valentine’s.”

Valentine for Veterans