Sanger Students Honored For Letters From Home Campaign
Two eighth grade students from Sanger want to make the holidays special for active members of the military and veterans. Since August they've been working on a "Letters From Home" campaign. Their efforts earned them this month's Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Super Star Award.
Aubrie Hartwig and Jenna Marine Cabello wanted to make a difference and give back to their community, so they created the "Letters From Home" campaign. "We knew that we wanted to get letters written by people, be able to collect them and send them out but we weren't quite sure if we were actually going to get out to people or how far it would go."
Aubie and Jenna got students to write letters at Fairmont, a K-8 school in rural Sanger. Jenna has a brother who joined the Air Force and her oldest sister is in the Army. "It kind of like hits home cause this really means a lot cause I know it makes them happy like knowing that people want to say thank you and support them."
Many of the letters that we watched being written were destined for soldiers recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. Aubrie and Jenna also took their campaign to the community. They rode in the Sanger Veterans Parade to promote their campaign. "We've put a lot of time into this. We've gone out on weekends, took our time after school to go to other places to collect letters but it's all been worth it."
Many of the letters written have already been sent. There has already been one response and likely more will follow. Superintendent of Fresno County Schools Jim Yovino applauds their efforts. "You're doing the right thing. You are truly a giver and today were honored to celebrate you."
Thanks to their "Letters From Home" campaign men and women in the service and veterans will receive a surprise from the Valley this holiday season.