In conjunction with the event aimed at promoting an active and healthy lifestyle, the students collected items such as food, books, shampoo and toothpaste to send to men and women serving in the military. Fourth-grader Alexis Rouwhorst said they collected the items as a way to thank the military and show their support.
Representatives from VetGR, U.S. Marine Cpl. Joseph Gross and Army Specialist Carson Crook spoke with students during the event.
Gross said the students’ actions to collect the items shows they care.
“The little things are ones that matter most,” he said.
Fourth-grader Henry Stef said he felt good about their efforts. Stef, 9, said his grandfathers, father and uncle all served in the military, and he’s considering joining when he’s older.
Stef had a message for the men and women serving in the military: “Thank you for supporting and fighting for our country and nation.”