Students create holiday chain for veterans

by Dorothy markulis | reporter Published:

Patients at the Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center were offered a bit of holiday cheer from students in the Hudson Community Education and Recreation Explorer Zone program.

Explorer Zone students in grades kindergarten through 5 made a 564-foot holiday chain made from links of colored construction paper to cheer up veterans at the facility, according to HCER representative Michele Collins.

She said about 100 kids worked on the chain for a week.

"They really got very excited as the chain grew," Collins said. "They stretched it out into the halls."

Explorer Zone coordinator Donna Gray said the students worked diligently on the project.

"They were so excited that their chains would be on display at the hospital," Gray said. "Many years ago we did a chain for the veterans."

Gray and her crew spent several hours cutting the links for the special chain. She said each student made a chain and they were joined together by the Explorer Zone staff.

Explorer Zone crew member Erica Pastor provided a special "in" to the medical center. Her mother, Dorothy Pastor, is a nurse there. She accepted the chains on behalf of the medical facility.

Gray said the project taught the students about being compassionate and caring for other people.

"We also made 100 cards to send to active service members," she said.

According to Gray, when the students were told that many service members would not have a Christmas tree, they decided to draw a Christmas tree on each card.

The Explorer Zone is the before and after school child care program of Hudson City Schools.

Email: dmarkulis@recordpub.com

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