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Midland Students Thank U.S. Army Sgt. Evans for His Service (VIDEO)

As part of a series of "spirit assignments," Midland School students wrote letters of gratitude to our troops abroad.

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Two classes of grateful Midland School students welcomed United States Army Sgt. John Evans into their classroom to thank him for his service and learn more about what it means to be in the military on Dec. 7. 

Evans, 27, is a Port Chester resident who served in the army for five years and was twice deployed to Iraq. The first deployment was for 15 months and the second was 12. His active service ended in May, 2011, but he considers reenlisting every day, he said.

The kids asked Evans what he has for lunch, if he gets to celebrate holidays and what kind of mail they should write to his comrades abroad. Evans explained what it is like to be an active military sergeant and told them that he and his fellow soldiers like to receive any kind of mail from home.

"It is nice to know people at home are thinking of us," Evans said. 

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After Evans answered their questions, the children carefully wrote letters to active troops filled with colorful drawings of snow men, rainbows and smiley faces. The fourth grade students of Stephanie Lauro's class teamed up with their kindergarten buddies from Melissa Pellettieri's class to create the letters. 

"The kids understand that they are sacraficing for them," Lauro explained of the student's understanding of the army. 

"Our students were born after 9/11 so this is all they have known. They are more connected than you'd think," Pellettieri said. 

At the end of the class, Sgt. Evans gave the students a military coin, a symbol of gratitude for doing a good job and the kids thanked him for joining them and for his service to our country.

View the video above to see Sgt. Evans' visit to Milton Elementary School.

Mishmash December 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Great project. My daughter is in Mrs. Pellettieri's class and she talked about it all weekend. N.b this was at Midland School, not Milton.
Liz Giegerich December 10, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Thanks for the comment. I can't believe I did that. It's been fixed. I am glad to see supportive comments here. The kids were so enthusiastic about Sgt. Evans' visit and it was great getting to see them thank him for his service in person.
Maria Mantis December 10, 2012 at 04:59 PM
OOH RAH as the United States Marines would say! The teachers should be commended and congratulated. My son is a Marine and it meant alot to me personally. FYI and I hope you don't mind this announcement but I am running a Marine Corps Reserve Tots For Toys Campaign in Rye. New, Unwrapped Toys are wanted for needy and sick children in Westchester County. The drop off Center is the William Raveis Real Estate Office, 78 Purchase Street, Rye, NY.
Liz Giegerich December 10, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Thanks for sharing here Maria. Please post your toy drive as an announcement too by going to rye.patch.com/announcements/new I will help promote! Thanks.
Maria Mantis December 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Thanks Liz, it's posted.

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