In anticipation of the Town of Webb UFSD annual Civil War Day, students in seventh grade read “Soldier’s Heart” by Gary Paulsen in an effort to expose them to the conflicts and hardships that the soldiers in the Civil War had to endure.
The story followed Charley Goddard, a youngster who signed up for the war after lying about his age, and who witnessed great horrors that eventually led to the development of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Students were concerned to learn that at the time of the Civil War, PTSD was not recognized as a serious condition, which caused soldiers to suffer long after the war had ended. Though it was not planned, students insisted on gathering items to send as part of a care package to our troops overseas. Items brought in and collected by students include beef jerky, snack sticks, gum, cookies, granola bars, oatmeal, crackers, playing cards, toothpaste/brush, hair brush, hair ties, batteries, tic-tacs, and hygiene wipes.
Through this experience, students have gained a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made by war veterans and for those whose job it is to keep us safe so that we may learn and grow in peace.
This is the letter they enclosed with their package:
Our Dear American Soldiers,
We thank you so very much for your service! Without you and those standing next to you, we would not be able to live, learn, and grow in a place where we feel safe and are free. On the back of this sheet, you will find messages from those students pictured above. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you do and have sacrificed. Please stay safe!
The Class of 2022