The Quilts of Valor Foundation along with Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School’s K-Kids recently presented quilts to three veterans to show the students’ appreciation for the service of military men and women.

Last year, third through fifth grade members of children’s community service group created squares for the quilt with personal messages of gratitude. The Quilts of Valor Foundation then assembled the squares into quilts. The quilts were paid for with K-Kids’ funds.

 In addition to having the opportunity to view the quilts, students listened to the three veterans share their experiences of being in the military. Mary Arrowood, a Hehnly teacher, discussed her pride for our country and also thanked her former teacher in the crowd. She then recognized Michael Brattole, her former student who was also receiving a quilt.

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Brattole discussed with the students the importance of doing well in school and always trying their best.  Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos was also honored with a quilt. He encouraged the students to appreciate the opportunities afforded them and to do their very best at every task they meet.  Students then had a chance to ask the veterans questions and personally thank them for their service. 

 “In addition to learning the art of quilt making, students were able to thank our Veteran guests in person. We are extremely grateful to the Quilts of Valor organization for making and presenting our quilts,” said K-Kids Advisor and School Nurse Donna Kircher.

 According to the Quilts of Valor Foundation, the group’s mission is “To cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Quilts of Valor are tokens of appreciation that unequivocally say, ‘Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor.’”

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