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Shenandoah Valley School Shares Joy, Honors Veterans
Story by Beth Michaels
For the 12th consecutive year, students and parents of Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary School in New Market, Va., have shipped shoeboxes filled with gifts and necessities for children in need around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse. This year’s school participants more than doubled last year’s donations, filling 75 shoeboxes with supplies, toys, hygiene items, candy, clothing, sunglasses, hair clips, watches and flashlights, as well as a personal note. Students and staff pray that these gifts will be an entering wedge for children and their parents to become acquainted with Jesus.
Last month the school greeted veterans in their hallways for a 12th annual Veteran’s Day celebration. The veterans then spent nearly two hours sharing their experiences with Gordon Miller's seventh- and eighth-graders.
“Many Veteran's Day programs honor veterans, but the students usually don't get to hear their story," comments Miller. He finds it equally important that students have a chance to connect with a part of history.