SPHS Students Participate in Operation: A Million Thanks

SPHS Students Participate in Operation: A Million Thanks
Posted on 12/02/2016
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Sharyland Pioneer High School students participated in the Operation:  A Million Thanks for the second year in a row.  This nation-wide initiative supports our military personnel by sending millions of letters of thanks directly to service members.  Sharyland Pioneer High School students wrote over 600 letters during Veteran’s week in November for Army personnel.  The letters were boxed and ready to be distributed on Veteran’s Day, November 11th.  Sergeant Armando Flores of the local U.S. Army office, picked up the box of letters and notes with a smile.
   
Ms. Marla Rodriguez, English teacher, stated that “students were very quiet as they wrote their letters while they viewed Toby Keith’s “American Soldier” music video.  The students were solemn and respectful, especially since the class has a dedicated JROTC student.  The student has shared her role in the JROTC program and about family members currently in military service. The student included artwork in her letter, which humbled and inspired others to write more and include inspirational quotes to motivate the service personnel.  Many students added prayers in their letters as well.”

ELL teacher, Rocio Cavazos, stated that it was “truly gratifying seeing her students work so diligently on their writing and decorating a heartfelt letter to our troops.” Student Maewally Padron tearfully commented that she “hopes someone will write to her too since she plans to enlist in the Armed Services soon.”  Student Jose Amaya commented, “I felt proud to tell them how much I appreciate that they leave everything they have to protect our freedom.”
 
Sharyland Pioneer High School would like to encourage other Rio Grande Valley schools to participate in this endeavor and “let our troops know that their courage doesn’t go unnoticed” commented Rocio Cavazos.  Operation Care Package is another program supporting our deployed troops during this holiday season.