January 5, 2016
third graders give soldiers gifts from the heart
In keeping with the holiday spirit of giving, Lisa Davis’
third grade class at Northwood Elementary School learned
about the importance of gifts from the heart. Students
brainstormed a list of gifts they could give and that only
through their actions could be received by others. The list
included, but wasn’t limited to the following gifts: love,
gratitude, caring, support, courage, leadership, respect,
encouragement, empathy, patience, bravery, inspiration,
devotion and loyalty. Students then used their
writing skills to express their feelings in the form of a
letter and made “little presents” to send to U.S. soldiers
stationed far away from their loved ones.
Dear U.S. Soldier,
I am giving you this gift of
As an American citizen, I want to say thank you for
keeping our country safe.
You have sacrificed your family, so that we can
have freedom that others don’t have in their lives.
You continue to put your life on the line, to
fight for peace, for those you have never met.
I want you to know that you are my hero, for all
you do for us, even though you must miss your family
I would like you to accept this gift of
so that this can always remind you of how important and
special you are to me.
Third Grader in Mrs. Davis’ class at NW Elementary in Hilton