Andi Chitwood, a first-grade teacher at Madison Elementary, has enjoyed teaching her students about reading, math, social studies, and science, among other things. Of particular interest to the students; however, was the opportunity to participate in a Valentine's day drive for the soldiers in her boyfriend’s Battalion. Sergeant Cory Read is currently deployed in Kuwait with the Kansas Army National Guard 981st Engineer Battalion. The group deployed in July of 2020 and are expected to be home late this spring.
Andi shared “This group’s deployment has actually been beneficial to some of our lessons in the classroom! We discussed his work for Veteran's Day, United States symbols, and various holidays around the world. We also found his location when students learned about reading maps and cardinal directions. And, most recently, students had the opportunity to practice writing skills by sending him and his battalion Valentine's Day cards. Soldiers overseas need to know that we are thinking of them back home, and there's no better way of doing that than showering them with handwritten notes of appreciation. I have no doubt that they will be overjoyed with the cards we sent over!”
Way to go, Andi!