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Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School
"Great Habits Make Great Leaders"

Valentines for Veterans

Students say thank you to American Heroes


February 3, 2017 - Cuddebackville, NY - Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School students proudly displayed the cards they made for the Valentines for Veterans Program. The Valentines for Veterans program provides schools, families and individuals in the Hudson Valley with the opportunity to send Valentine’s Day greetings to veterans who served and sacrificed to protect our freedom. The cards will be delivered to veterans at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care Facility at Castle Point.

This initiative began when staff at HBE learned about this program from an article in the January 16th edition of the Times Herald Record. The Valentines for Veterans program was a natural fit within HBE’s Character Education Committee’s plans. A main component of the plan is called “7 Habits”, developed by educational expert Stephen Covey. For February the focus is “Think Win-Win”. Valentines for Veterans blends perfectly into this successful habit.

Kindergarten students and those in Ms. Dillon’s fifth grade class were the first to make these Valentines. Soon students from other classes throughout HBE took time during their lunches to make these heartwarming gifts.

The student Valentines are being sent to U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney who plans to deliver them in-person to area veterans.

“It is perhaps most rewarding to meet and visit our veterans – bringing with me handmade cards from hundreds of their neighbors thanking them for their service,” said Rep. Maloney, son of a Navy veteran. “Valentines for Our Veterans” is a great opportunity to make that connection and show our support for those who sacrificed to keep us safe – I hope everyone will consider participating.”

For more information on this program, see flyer below or visit:  Valentines for Veterans