POWELL, Ohio – The students at Hyatts Middle School are spending not just Veterans Day, but the whole month honoring the military.
“Even though we celebrate them for a small amount of time, it’s really everyday all day,” said 8th grader Abigail Hatfield. “Even when we’re not thinking about them in the exact moment, they’re always in our hearts and minds.”
At Hyatts Middle School, it’s become tradition. Coming together as a student body to honor our heroes.
“The veteran organizations I talked to, I said what is it that means the most to you?”, said 8th grade teacher Nancy Poliseno. “It isn’t just the thank you, it’s that they want to see people doing something, and this was our way of doing it.”
And so for the second year in a row, the school is partnering with Operation Buckeye, an organization that sends boxes to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Boxes that contain everything from snacks to deodorant to Beanie Babies, and this month, the students will collect those items to send overseas,
“We’re able to honor them in so many ways and we’re allowing them to see that even though that you’re fighting for us, we’re giving you a piece of home, thinking about you every time we look at something,” said 8th grader Paige Oatley.
The students will also write a letter or note to each soldier, adding a personal touch to each and every box.
“Middle school is such the perfect opportunity to instill that appreciation in the kids,” said Poliseno. “It’s more about how you make them feel and how you make other people feel.”