Edmonton students send hand-made Christmas cards to Canadian soldiers


More than 100 colourful, hand-written Christmas cards are on their way to Canadian soldiers, thanks to a group of thoughtful Edmonton students.

In November, the Canadian Armed Forces put out a call for people across the country to write cards to personnel who will be away from their families over the holidays. The call is part of the “write to the troops” program.

After hearing about the project, staff at Our Lady of Victories Catholic School thought it would be the perfect way for kids to carry on what they learned about Remembrance Day.

“We had done the celebration at the school and we learned about peace and what peace meant to them,” Grade 2 teacher Michelle Bezubiak said. “They really internalized how lucky we are to have peace in our world and how there are people who are fighting for that peace.

“We had made cards and kids really had the most wonderful things to say about what the soldiers do for us and what peace means to them and why it’s important for us to do something for others to bring peace to them when they’re away from their families.”

Grade 2 student Peter Tosic made a card with Santa on the front. Inside he drew pictures of hot chocolate and candy canes, along with the message: “Thank you for fighting for us. Thank you for keeping our world safe.”