Operation Gratitude

We are holding our Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, November 10.  The 5th grade Spirit Committee will be leading this assembly.  They will introduce Operation Gratitude.  Students are encouraged to write thank you letters to veterans and active duty service men & woman over the next week.  The front office will collect letters and mail them to Operation Gratitude on Friday, November 17.

Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift the spirits the military and first responder communities. This organization began in 2003 and volunteers have shipped more than 1,800,000 care packages.  Below are some commonly asked questions that our Spirit Committee will address at the assembly.

Q: How should I start my letter?
A: We suggest that you start with “Dear Hero”, “Dear Patriot”, “Dear Brave One”, “Dear Service Member”, “Dear Veteran”, or create a greeting of your own.

Q: What should my letter say, and how long should it be?
A: Two paragraphs or more would be nice. One or more paragraphs that express thanks for their service, dedication, sacrifice, hard work, and/or time away from home. And one or more paragraphs about yourself, your school, interesting stories, etc. Please do not include the date or year.

Q: Can I write letters specifically intended for Veterans?
A: Yes. Please open your letter with “Dear Veteran” and refer to their past service.

Q: Can I write letters specifically intended for New Military Recruits?
A: Yes. You can start your letter with a greeting like “Dear New Recruit,” and thank them for joining the military and for their commitment to our country.

Q: Does my letter need to be handwritten?
A: No. Typed letters are fine, but we prefer you hand sign each letter.

Q: Can I write about my family members who served in the military?
A: Yes, as long as it is a positive story, and not about sad events. We ask that your letter be uplifting and serve to put a smile on the recipient’s face!

Q: Can I use colorful construction paper for my children to write letters?
A: Yes. As long as you stay within the paper size limit of 8 ½” x 11”.

Q: Will the troops write back?
A: Possibly. But, you will need to send them your first name, grade level, and the Willowbrook School address if you would like to receive a reply.

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