About forty students from Mr. Hardy's geography class at Holmes Middle School have been writing letters to soldiers and veterans for the past week. Today they had the chance to read them on air at a local radio station.
They're letters to fathers.
"You're the coolest and noblest dad," said one student
They’re also to Grandfathers.
One student’s letter said, "Dear Grandpa, thank you for all you did for our country."
They even wrote to soldiers they didn’t even know.
“You many never know or meet me but I will always know you for who you are,” said another student.
They are letters of hope to the forgotten and the unforgotten heroes read on air for all to hear.
"Gary Hardy has put this amazing project together, it's our third year in a row,” said radio host Chris Brooks
"One of our student’s fathers is about to go over and my brother's in Afghanistan now,” said teacher Gary Hardy
It’s a heavy subject for sixth graders to grasp.
"Some of you may return and see your children, some others might not,” a student said.
Yet they do it with such grace.
"Thank you for serving our great nation and come home safe and soon," wrote one student.
David trinko just found out today that his cousin is going to Iraq.
He says, "i'd just say i love him and i hope he comes back safe."
It’s a big thank you from the generation who one day will serve as well.
"I'm sure you hear this a million times a year but thank you thank you thank you,” another student said.