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Legislator Hardwick, local students thank veterans with thousands of Valentines


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Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick is preparing to delivery close to a 3,000 valentines to Jammies for GIs just in time for Valentine’s Day. Through his second annual Valentines for Veterans program, Legislator Hardwick partnered with 10 schools in his district to create and deliver handmade cards in appreciation of everything our veterans and active servicemen and woman do for our country.


“Last year the Valentines for Veterans program was a huge success, and this year my expectations were far exceeded. The schools, staff and students really embraced the purpose of this program and took the time to thank our veterans and honor them,” said Legislator Hardwick. “I visited with many of the schools to talk to the students about the importance of remembering and thanking our veterans year round, and was pleased to see that message is already instilled in our young people. The cards will be distributed by Jammies for GIs, which does an amazing job caring for our soldiers.”


During his school visits Legislator Hardwick noted the compassion the students already have for veterans and servicemen and women, and in many cases the students knew someone close to them who has served or is serving. In one example, the students at The Baptist School in the City of Tonawanda have a teacher that served. High school science teacher, Vince Waltz, a member of the Marine Corps, recently served overseas in Afghanistan. His wife, kindergarten teacher Sarah Waltz, used the Internet video program Skype while he was away so he could communicate with students, who also sent over several letters, cards and care packages while he was deployed. The close-knit school has a distinct understanding of the importance of thanking men and women serving in the military and letting them know they care.


“The Valentines for Veterans program is an extension of efforts underway at our schools. The schools in my district continue to do a great job adding to the value of our community,” Legislator Hardwick added. “This small token of appreciate has far-reaching results.”


After the cards have been delivered to the soldiers, he will report back to each school that participated with an update to show the students that they were part of a large effort.


Legislator Hardwick recognizes the efforts of the following schools and thanks them for their participation:

  • The Baptist School, City of Tonawanda
  • Herbert Hoover Elementary School, Town of Tonawanda
  • Mullen Elementary School, City of Tonawanda
  • New Life Christian School, City of Tonawanda
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School, Town of Tonawanda
  • Riverview Elementary School, City of Tonawanda
  • St. Amelia School, Town of Tonawanda
  • St. Andrews Country Day School, Town of Tonawanda
  • St. Stephens School, Grand Island
  • Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, Town of Tonawanda
  • Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Town of Tonawanda 

For additional information about Valentines for Veterans or to reach Legislator Hardwick, please contact his Legislative Office at 858-8672 or email kevin.hardwick@erie.gov.