Christian Myrah of Spring Grove shown at a base in Afghanistan was one of the letter recipients.
Christian Myrah of Spring Grove shown at a base in Afghanistan was one of the letter recipients.
Throughout the school year, students in the Middle Ages (fourth, fifth and sixth grades) plan fun events as well as service projects. One service project they completed this year were letters to military personnel serving overseas.

The project was not only a service project, but also a writing project as the students focused on sentence structure, grammar, parts of a letter and letter content.

"We talked about what it means for these military people and their families for them to be gone for months at a time," said Middle Ages teacher, Laurie Moen.

"In their letters, the students told a little about themselves, their town and school and also asked the military personnel an assortment of questions. And importantly, the students thanked them for their service."

The project was more poignant as one of the student's father is currently deployed to Afghanistan. The students were able to more clearly understand what it might be like to have a parent deployed.

With this parent connection, all three grades sent their letters to Christian Myrah for him to share with his fellow soldiers.

For fun activities throughout the school year, the Middle Ages students had a party right before Christmas break, had a track and field day, and went swimming at the Spring Grove SWIM Center.