Have you ever "Adopted a Soldier" with your class?

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  1. teach'ntx

    teach'ntx Comrade

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    I know there was the issue of sending Christmas letters/cards to soliders for a grade, but I was wondering if anyone has done the "Adopt a Soldier" program with their class.
    Since my students are learning how to write letters, each one could take a turn each week as the scribe and write a letter to our solider telling them what we are doing. I would also have this on the list of activities to do when students have finished their other work. The idea would be our soldier would get atleast a letter every week to two weeks depending on time it takes to get there.
    My students nor their families could contribute anything to a care package, but as much as they like to draw and color, they could add some color to the barracks :).
    I have not talk to anyone at school, as I just saw an ad in our neighborhood newsletter. I also wanted to gauge other's opinions and results (hopefully) first.
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  3. Blue

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    I think that is a great idea. I send packages to the troops. The web sites say that getting hand drawn pictures is a real treat.
     
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    I agree. Its a great opportunity for kids to understand (a little bit about) what is going on and to show their support. We did the program when I was in school and I remember it being really cool when we would receive a reply.
     
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    Sounds like a great idea. What is the website?
     
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    We adopted my cousin, a marine in afghanistan. He loved getting the letters, and the kids loved writing to him. Now we're thinking of sending valentines.
     
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    soldiersangels is a great website to go through- in 2005 or maybe before that I "adopted" 3 soldiers and still correspond with one.
     
  8. teach'ntx

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    Thanks everyone for their input. I thought about "adopting" my SIL who is in afghanistan, but she has 6 children at home sending her all sorts of artwork, emails, and letters. I thought it would be nice to find someone who does not have a bunch of people sending them letters.
    The site I was looking at is adoptaussoldier dot com. I have not looked at solidersangels and will look at that one as well.
    I will confirm the school does not have an issue (but I am doubting it will) and will hopefully start this next week.
     
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    I use anysoldier.com.
     
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    My class collects trial sized items (shampoo, deodorant, baby wipes, powder, toothpaste, etc) and we give it to the red cross. They give soldiers being deployed a gallon sized ziplock with the toiletries. In some small way we feel we are giving back this way and the students better understand the conditions that the soldiers are facing.
     

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