Some students at Franklin Elementary have been very busy the past few months. This project was much more meaningful than the typical homework assignment.
Mrs. Dittmar's class waited patiently for their guest.
"It was really nice because I like seeing all the military soldiers coming in, because it's so nice to have them come here and influence us,” says fifth grader Nicole Ellis.
For the past four months students have been working on a special gift for soldiers.
“It was really cool, because I’ve ever really crossed stitch very much before and it was really fun learning all the new techniques,” says Ellis.
The pillows were handmade, with stars and stripes pattern with the students name on the back. On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, they got to present them.
"They really need to be recognized, because they keep our country safe and it makes me feel really good,” says Ellis.
"It shows that the teachers and the students took time out of their day to really put some effort and thought into what they were doing,” says First Class Sergeant Matthew Favory, who was there to collect the pillows.
The pillows will then be passed on to soldiers fighting overseas.
"Any time you can get a piece of home it kind of helps take your mind off what's going on overseas,” says Sgt. Favory.
It’s a small, but meaningful reminder of home.
“It’s always nice to know that everyone back home is thinking of you,” says Sgt. Favory.
The soldiers' families were also given a pillow to keep.