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Lansing CSD fourth-graders spread holiday cheer overseas

Throughout the school year, the Lansing Central School District has witnessed numerous examples of how students, staff, and the Lansing community have embodied the idea of “Be the Good.” Fourth grade students from R.C. Buckley Elementary School recently put this idea to use, after learning of some soldiers stationed overseas who would not be home for the holiday season. Hoping to make their holidays a little brighter, fourth-graders sent letters and packages to soldiers stationed in South Korea over the holiday season. Much to their delight, the students received pictures of the soldiers holding their cards, thanking them for their letters and packages.
The idea behind sending letters and packages to the troops overseas started from discussions about Veterans Day. When learning about Veterans Day, R.C. Buckley Elementary School Teacher Aide Margaret Vadala spoke to fourth grade classes about her son, SPC Brian Vadala. Last summer, SPC Vadala was deployed to South Korea, where he and his company would be stationed through the holidays. Upon hearing this, students were very sympathetic that the soldiers have been away from their family and friends for a long time and would be missing the holidays. 
“The students really took action,” said Laura Larkin, a fourth grade teacher at R.C. Buckley Elementary School. “They wanted to do something, so we decided to make and send holiday cards to SPC Vadala's company.”
After receiving a list of names, students quickly got to work addressing cards to each solider. All of the fourth-graders from R.C. Buckley Elementary School made cards for the soldiers, with some also donating care package items to send – just in time for the holidays.
As a thanks for their letters and packages, students recently received a few pictures of soldiers holding the cards. 
“The students were thrilled to receive these pictures and see their cards in the hands of the soldiers,” said Mrs. Larkin. 
Thank you to the R.C. Buckley Elementary School fourth-graders for showing us another example of how we can “Be the Good!”