"It was an awesome experience for them to actually be able to talk to a service member and see that their writing has traveled so far!"
Blue Ridge ESS Teacher Fabiola Miranda knew her students could really brighten someone's day. Her brother-in-law is deployed as part of the 48th Brigade, 108th CAV.
"The children in our family were writing letters and cards to him and others in his unit, and I thought my students would love to be able to write letters to them, as well," explained Miranda. "We did a lesson on how to write a letter and focused on them introducing themselves and asking questions to get to know the soldiers."
Second grade students in Miranda's language arts class and Ms. Ellis' class spent a week writing, revising and editing their letters and drawing pictures to send to the soldiers. When the letters were received, Miranda's brother-in-law offered to FaceTime the students and speak with them. Dalton Public Schools technology gurus Jorge Miranda and Stuart Davis came up with a plan and set up a big screen for the special call.Miranda said there have been many conversations in her class and at Blue Ridge about men and women who serve in the country's military.
"The students were very excited and asked questions about what day-to-day life is like for the soldiers, what types of equipment they use and how they train. We learned about their jobs, including a medic," she said. "It was an awesome experience for them to actually be able to talk to a service member and see that their writing has traveled so far!"