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February 13, 2013

Students make valentines for soldier

MT. VERNON — — Young students in the kindergarten class of Denae Jones at the Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80 Primary Center learned a lesson in sending love to others this Valentine's Day.

The students are sending home made valentine cards and snacks to U.S. Army soldier David Harrell, who is serving in Afghanistan.

"We read a Valentine's Day story about how to surprise people you love with a treat," Jones explained. "After we read the story, we were brainstorming about ways to show we love others. One of the students said, 'do something nice for a soldier,' and I thought it was a great idea."

Jones is friends with Harrell's wife, Corrine, who is originally from Mt. Vernon and now living at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

"I knew David was serving his third tour of duty, now in Afghanistan," Jones said. "I believe his other two tours were in Iraq."

The students embraced the project as well.

"I thought it would be really fun," five-year-old Sienna Sanchez said. "It is. I hope they will think of us."

Kamron Monroe, also five-years-old, said he wants "to keep writing to them and now they are my friend."

Six-year-old Alexis Larcom said, "it would be nice to keep make valentines for all the soldiers."

For Jessica Marshall, she said she doesn't want Harrell to be sad on Valentine's Day.

"He will be away from his wife and two kids," Marshall said. "He would be sad."

Aidan Motes-Foote also wanted to make more valentines for soldiers, "because they help us and keep us safe."

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