In honor of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Tappan Hill School students thanked members of the U.S. military with beautiful hand-made cards.
“You are our heroes. You keep us safe. We appreciate you,” Callum, who is in teacher Linda Christiansen’s class, wrote inside one of his cards. On the outside, he glued a paper cutout of a hand stamped in blues, purples and greens with Dot Markers.
Tappan Hill collaborated on the project with Volunteer New York’s RISE program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The cards are for Mahopac-based United for the Troops, which includes them with care packages for troops serving overseas. Patty and Jim Rathschmidt founded the group after their son went to serve in Iraq in 2007. Since then, they have delivered 25,000 packages of essential items, T-shirts, snacks, cards, letters and more to members of the military.