CARROLLWOOD – The kids at the Montessori House Day School were understandably excited on their final day before winter break. They were watching videos, and the smell of pizza in the background was a little too tempting to pay attention to a mere news reporter.
Besides that, some of them had loose teeth and didn’t know whether to jiggle them back and forth or just joke on each other. The holiday spirit, and a lot of fun, hung in the air, and the students at 5117 Ehrlich Road were counting the hours until Christmas.
Still, they wanted to talk about something that they’ve become involved in over the past few months. The kids have been designing Christmas cards for the troops overseas and they were about to be sent to the Hugs For Soldiers organization. Each of the children at Montessori made several cards, including first-grader Madison Sergent who said she sent eight of them.
Montessori teacher Kate Murphy organized the project but said the kids came up with the ideas and all of the cards were individualized.
“I smiled when I wrote them,’’ said kindergartner Barrett Mora, who wrote three letters. “We don’t like to fight but we need to fight bad people.’’
Second-grader Violet Prince spent two weeks working on her letters. The kids were able to write about anything they wanted, within reason. Violet said she was concerned about the soldiers overseas not only fighting to protect America, but she also wanted to make sure they were fighting to protect cats and dogs.
“If they can save us and all of the cats and dogs, that would make the world a better place,’’ Violet said.
Second-grader Ethan Garcia said he worries about the troops and worked extra hard to trying to make them feel happy.
“I just wanted to thank the troops for keeping our country safe,’’ said Ethan, who wrote three letters. “The soldiers can’t spend Christmas time with their families and that’s really said. I’m going to have a good Christmas but the soldiers are going to be alone so I hope they have a good Christmas protecting us.’’
Murphy said she hopes the kids get letters back from the troops. She said it would mean a lot to them.