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Rye's Midland School Writes Letters to Soldiers

RYE, NY - Students of Rye's Midland School took time out of their regularly scheduled day to write letters to American soldiers oversees on Friday. The event was created by the school's Reach Committee.

"We are trying to do something that reaches beyond the Midland community," Emily Gorman, co-chair of the Reach Committee, said. Gorman has both a 2nd grader and 3rd grader at Midland.

Students from Rye's School of Leadership partnered with some of the younger students to help with the letters. "Our students love it, the Midland students love it, it's really been a great partnership," Leadership School English teacher Jen Fall said.

"Midland has welcomed us with open arms since we moved over here about four years ago," Fall added. The School of Leadership is school of choice "designed to acknowledge the diverse needs of secondary students".

Although some of the Midland students needed help writing their letters, they didn't have any trouble talking about them.

"I'm going to tell the soldiers thank you for keeping our country safe," said Miles Smith of Ms. Sweeney's 3rd grade class. His classmate Katie McDermott plans to echo Miles' sentiment, but she has a few ideas of her own.

"I'm going to tell them about what I did for Thanksgiving so they know what's been going on over here," McDermott said smiling.

Gorman estimates that over 250 letters in total, each of them addressed "Dear Hero", will be mailed to soldiers this weekend. Since the school is not allowed to disclose the students name via postage, Gorman is marking her home as the return address.

"We hope to get a good number of responses," Gorman said, "It would really be awesome for the kids to see that they are making a difference".

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