Mepham Seniors Send Thank You Cards to Troops Overseas

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On Oct. 21, seniors in Mepham High School's Participation in Government classes and Senior Experience program created more than 200 thank you cards for troops stationed overseas as part of Tuesday's Children's work with Operation Gratitude. 

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000 plus care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to veterans, first responders, new recruits, wounded heroes, their caregivers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home.

“Their mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the military and first responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation,” said Kerry Dennis, a history teacher and project organizer.

Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1,600,000 care packages.

The seniors gathered on Oct. 30 to assemble Mepham's second Flag Field of Honor. Nearly 280 flags were sold this year in honor of the victims of Sept. 11, first responders, veterans and current servicemen and women. 

In addition, more than 600 students signed up to participate in Mepham's Battle of the Classes on Nov. 3. All proceeds from the Flag Field and Battle of the Classes will be donated to Tuesday's Children.