Post # 1
Hi bees! I teach 9th and 10th grade, and one of my former 9th grade students signs into my room for study hall. Last year, her dad was in Iraq for most of the year.
Just this past week, her dad left for a second tour of duty, and he’ll be gone for 400 days. I know this is really hard on this girl, her mom, and her little brother and little sister. I’d love to do something special for them, but I’m drawing a complete blank. What have people done for you/your FI/any military-related family to show their appreciation or to show that they’re thinking about you?
I always ask how the girl is doing and how her family is, but I feel like that’s not enough.
Post # 3
have the class get involved with the USO. could do a charity thing for troops overseas…? or maybe theyre too old for that.
Post # 4
I don’t think you’re ever get too old to do something for the troops/USO, so that’s a good suggestion! Our honor society normally does a fundraiser. Maybe I can have my classes write letters or make thank you cards. Is that too hokey coming from 15 year olds?
Post # 5
Care packages are awesome and much appreciated, and if he has a webcam available, he might be able to skype in (although the time difference can be difficult).
There’s a great PBS documentary called ‘Carrier’ that my hubby and I have been watching — you can get it through Netflix. It follows a deployment of the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier to Iraq, and there are Marines and Navy sailors on board. It’s really cool to see the different jobs they do and it really makes you appreciate the military and the hard work they do every day! The only thing is, some episodes have some profanity in them, so I would show clips that you preview.
It is somewhat a tear jerker, because it’s totally real life… real people, real sailors/Marines, real challenges… it’s tough to watch when you know someone experiencing it, but it’s also very conforting and fun to watch too.
Post # 6
@piglet_625: Great advice. Thank you! I’ll have to look for that show.
Post # 7
Would it be possible for you class to adopt other soldiers that are stationed with her dad? They could write letters once a week and send care packages occasionally. The kids can save all the letters they receive and make copies of the letters they sent and make a book out of them to give to the solider when they return home. I would brainstorm with your fellow teachers on ways to involve the whole school and even the younger sibling’s schools.
If you are looking to do something for the family I would ask if they have a web cam and if they don’t that would be a great thing to get for them.
Post # 8
I definitely second both care packages and adopt-a-soldier. Those are probably the 2 best things someone here can do for a soldier overseas.
Here are some websites with some information. The first 2 are organizations that do the adoptions, the last is about care packages. I will say that your studens MUST be committed if you’re going to do this, though. A lot of the adoption organizations require 1 letter a week and/or 1 care package per month.