Putting their writing skills and caring nature into practice, the Locust Valley Intermediate School student council mailed holiday letters to soldiers to boost their spirits, which may be the best gift of all this holiday season. The students’ handwritten letters expressed their gratitude for the soldiers’ service to our nation.

“We can’t think of a better way to practice writing than to create letters that will show our thanks to soldiers,” said student government co-adviser Shari Zindman. “It’s the perfect blend of education and altruism.” Co-adviser Jane Benstock worked with Zindman to help the children think of things to say.

The letters are being sent to Operation Gratitude, an organization that provides care packages, letters and more to deployed soldiers to help lift their spirits.