Students Write Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Cards for Veterans

Bronxville Elementary School students are spreading kindness and love by creating handmade Valentine’s Day cards for veterans. Spearheaded by the Student Council, kindergarten through fifth graders decorated their cards with thoughtful and heartfelt messages.

“The cards made by our students were beautiful and thoughtful,” said Susan Engelhardt, Student Council adviser and fifth grade teacher. “Their messages ranged from expressing simple thoughts of thanks to messages of gratitude for their service and for protecting our freedoms, as well as sending good wishes to them on this day of compassion and friendship.”

The students simultaneously collected personal hygiene items for the veterans and packaged approximately 60 bags filled with an assortment of items that were generously donated by community members. Engelhardt delivered the gift bags and Valentine’s Day cards, which students helped to package, to the New York State Veterans Home at Montrose on Valentine’s Day.

“As for all drives, my hope is that the members of the Student Council and the school community expand their undearstanding of others’ needs and their sense of empathy,” Engelhardt said. “The Student Council members have been enthusiastic and dedicated in spreading the word and getting the community to come together to make a difference. It’s wonderful.”

This was the Student Council’s third drive this year following a holiday food drive in November and a Toys for Tots drive in December. The project has sparked kindness and encouraged students to contribute to their greater community and positively impact people around them.