Clairton teacher continues soldier card-sending tradition
Clairton City School District seventh- and eighth-grade reading teacher Linda Withrow and her students continued the annual tradition of wishing recovering soldiers a Merry Christmas through cards.
Students drew pictures and wrote personal messages Wednesday that were placed into the cards donated by other teachers and staff.
“I just want the kids to know that there's always a little something (you can do),” Withrow said. “Sometimes just hearing that you're doing a good job and that people appreciate you is a good thing. It gives people a good feeling that they're appreciated for what they do.”
Cards are addressed to: A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, 20307.
Withrow said her father, John Gergley, served in the Army, and her husband, Mark Withrow, was a Green Beret.
She started baking cookies and sending her own letters to the soldiers in the 1990s, and was inspired to have her students give thanks to veterans.
“Years ago when we were in Desert Storm,” Withrow said, “I had found out that there were a lot of people from this community that serve in the military, either now or in the past. Every year it always surprises me when I ask how many of the students know somebody that's in the military. Almost every student raises their hand.”
About 60 cards are expected to be mailed.
Eighth-grader Nadia Davis said her grandfather and aunts served in the military, and it felt good making the holiday cards.
“They're serving to protect our country,” Nadia said.
Classmate AmberLy Horne has an uncle in the Army.
She said soldiers might not have family or friends to send them cards this time of year, and it's important to thank them for serving the country.
Eighth-grader Kayauna Howard said her family friend Brandon Turner served in the military, and she wanted to wish the soldiers a speedy recovery.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Auberle ‘Real Talk’ session with police gets heated
- McKeesport police officer hurt in fall through attic floor
- Charges held for court against McKeesport man in Crawford Village shooting
- Weather helps advance work on Forward roads
- Renzie Park gets more local sales tax revenue in $96.9M Regional Asset District budget
- McKeesport fire victim’s sister critical of response to blaze
- Salvation Army kettle drive about to kick into high gear in Western Pennsylvania
- Officials blame bad exhaust fan for carbon monoxide leak in Duquesne retirement home
- Suspect in Glassport man’s shooting death put on house arrest