TROY - Students at W.R. Croman Primary School in Troy recently cared enough to send the very best, but they didn't have to go to Hallmark.

A total of 200 students in K-2 took part in a project, with the Red Cross, in which they made Christmas cards to be sent to soldiers.

"The Christmas cards are going to many different soldiers in different places," said Gyla Hoose, administrative secretary at the school. The Red Cross could not provide a specific destination, however.

Gyla said the Red Cross asked those at the school to make cards, and they will go to the Red Cross headquarters, before being shipped to the soldiers.

The Christmas cards have such messages as "thank you for protecting our country. Happy Holidays!" and "we appreciate your service to our country."

"They had fun, as they are anticipating the holidays," Gyla said. She noted that the students learned about what it means for soldiers to be away from their families, and why.

Teachers, meanwhile, "understand and want to support our troops, as they give us our freedom," she added.

"It is always nice to support our troops especially during the holidays, as it is hard to be separated from your loved ones," Gyla commented.

She noted that the teachers helped the students, after discussing why they were making the cards and the soldiers' duties.

Melissa Lehman, a second grade teacher, said the project "made a connection for the students" because, after hearing so much about the troops, they were able to help support them.

Meanwhile, students benefited academically by taking part in writing and using their creativity, according to Gyla.

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