2009-12-04 / School News

Goldie Maple Academy Takes Part In Project Dear Soldier

On Tuesday, November 24 Goldie Maple Academy (GMA) completed an important portion of the Project Dear Soldier, Part 2. The students in the school wrote letters, and made cards and ornaments for the troops who are currently deployed in Iraq.

This project is coordinated by Family Readiness Group Leader Jessica Yankey. A veteran of the military herself, Yankey came to GMA to personally pick up the items.

She arrived from Fort Hood, N.Y. at approximately 10:30 a.m. with her two daughters. Student representatives from grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 met them, filled with great anticipation of handing over their letters.

As the students introduced themselves, Yankey expressed her sincere thanks to the children and explained how much this meant to the soldiers and the importance of receiving mail when you're so far away from home. She asked if anyone knew the hottest temperature recorded in Iraq. There were a couple of guesses, but one student guessed it exactly (135 degrees).

The students took turns asking questions and Yankey told them about her husband, 1st Lieutenant Christopher Yankey, who is in the Military Police. One student asked what all the different pins on her bag meant. She pointed out the different military meanings for each pin and a student asked why she was no longer in the military. She smiled and pointed to her two daughters. One of the third grade students said," I guess someone has to take care of your children." She responded, "You're right. I love the Army, but both of us could not be on active duty with a family."

As the school representatives took pictures, then wished Yankey a safe trip back, they decided to continue the "GMA Letters to Our Troops" campaign. A school spokesperson says, "I told FRG Leader Jessica Yankee we would continue to write and make cards after the holidays were over, also. She was pleased and thanked us once again for participating in such a worthy cause."

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