Holidays,  social studies,  summer

Connecting your class with service members

Memorial Day is the perfect time to think about engaging your students in a service project that is directed toward helping service members and their families.  Something that is easy for preschoolers to do is to draw pictures or create thank you cards for servicemen and women who are currently deployed.

After your class has created their cards, letters, or drawings you can connect with the following organizations to make sure that our service members receive them:

This project can also be a wonderful family engagement opportunity.  Set up a station for parents and family members to write letters at drop off or pick up so that your students can share the experience with their entire family.  
You may also consider reaching out to your families to see if they have any relatives currently serving in the armed forces.  If these family members are deployed you can send your letters, cards, and pictures directly to them, and they may even send a letter back to your class.  If one of your families knows a veteran or a service member who lives locally, this person may agree to come visit your class and answer the students’ questions. 
These are experiences that will give children a better understanding of the holiday and help them connect it to their own lives.  

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