Extending Words of Thanks


Babylon Memorial Grade School fifth-grade students in Nancy Murphy’s and Chris Tordy’s classes helped to honor the 61 veterans taking the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in May by creating letters of appreciation and gratitude. The program, which works to pay tribute to America’s veterans for their sacrifices, transports heroes to D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.

The process came about after a class parent – Susan Kenny – delivered a presentation on her family’s work with the Honor Flight. Ms. Kenny spoke with the classes about veterans, what it means to be courageous and brave, and called for the students to reflect on the everyday heroes in their lives. Additionally, the classes discussed the mail call procedure used in the armed forces and how meaningful it was for the soldiers to receive mail from home.

As a part of the grade-level’s English language arts curriculum, the teachers discussed proper letter writing techniques and assisting the students with crafting their letters.