Students join UPS letter-writing campaign

First graders say thank you to those serving their country
Jan. 31, 2014 @ 03:35 PM

First graders at Thomasville Primary School plan to make this Valentine’s Day a special one for a couple hundred American soldiers.

First graders are taking advantage of a special promotion from the UPS store in Lexington to show their support for men and women serving in the military. Operation SWAK (Sealed with a Kiss) is a promotion by which a UPS store pays the postage for letters mailed to American troops, serving here and abroad. More than 220 children created cards and wrote letters for soldiers who will be away from home on Valentine’s Day.

“I really love soldiers because they save our lives a lot,” said 6-year-old Breanna Mitchell. “I really want to see one one day and thank them because they help us when we need help.”

Susan Campbell introduced the idea after seeing the Operation SWAK promotion on TV. Thomasville Primary School has students whose parents serve in the military. Campbell felt the project would help children learn on several levels.

“I just thought it would be nice for our children to know what our soldiers are all about,” Campbell said. “This is also a good writing lesson and good way to send [soldiers] a reminder that they're loved and supported, even by little children.

Kim Elliott's first grade class spent Monday morning putting pen to paper after learning a couple interesting facts. Some children first wanted to know what overseas meant and how long it would take for their letter to arrive.

Elliott, whose son serves in the Navy, understands the impact these letters will have once they reach their destination.

“There are soldiers, men and women, who don't get letters at all,” said Elliott. “The children are so excited and they're wanting the soldiers to write them back. It's just a way to make a soldier's day more happy, more special.”

All 225 letters are written to individual soldiers and should arrive in time for Valentines Day.