APPLE VALLEY – Apple Valley elementary school students from Phoenix Academy created colorful cards to send to those who are assisting those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. These letters will be going from a list, which includes Texas National Guard, The Humane Society, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale who housed flood victims in his furniture store, and the El Bollilo Bakery who provided food to those displaced by the storm.
The classes who are participating in this include, Jessica Alvaranza’s 2nd-grade class, Carol Brown’s 4th-grade class and Patricia Cleary’s 5th-grade class. The students chose from the list, each deciding who they wanted to write to. “I picked Mattress Mack because he let everybody sleep in there and do whatever they needed to like eat dinner, breakfast, lunch. And I like him because he’s a good person,” a second-grade student said.
Another student chose the Humane Society adding, “I like animals and they saved animals from drowning.” The card designing and letter writing were a great way to open up discussion about the importance of helping others, expressing empathy, and being grateful for what they have. “I’m really proud of you for giving your time to thank people for what they’ve done,” Principal Dee Castellano said, as she visited classrooms. “It’s going to make a big difference to them when they get your letters.”
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