Apple Valley, Calif.- Students at Phoenix Academy created colorful cards and wrote heartfelt letters to express their gratitude to the men and women who helped those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Students in Jessica Alvaranza’s second grade class, Carol Brown’s fourth and fifth grade class, and Patricia Cleary’s fifth grade class, each selected who to write to from a list including the Texas National Guard, The Humane Society, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale who housed flood victims in his furniture store, and the El Bollilo Bakery who provided food to those displaced by storm.
“I picked Mattress Mack because he let everybody sleep in there and do whatever they needed to like eat dinner, breakfast, lunch. And I like him because he’s a good person,” one second grade student said. A fellow student selected the Humane Society adding, “I like animals and they saved animals from drowning.”
As they wrote their letters, each class discussed the importance of helping others, expressing empathy, and being grateful for what they have. “I’m really proud of you for giving your time to thank people for what they’ve done,” Principal Dee Castellano said, as she visited classrooms. “It’s going to make a big difference to them when they get your letters.”
(Source: Town of Apple Valley news release)