This Valentine’s Day, the Varsity Club is encouraging students to spread kindness by creating cards and collecting snacks and small gifts to send to our troops. On January 8, 2019, teachers and students in grade 3, 4 and 5 classrooms welcomed Tuckahoe High School athletes for the launch of Operation Cupid. During the visits, high school students introduced the program and teachers guided students through Writing Revolution strategies including a collaborative brain storm for the Valentine's Day cards. In addition, the Varsity Club set up donation drive collection centers throughout Tuckahoe’s school buildings for snacks, games, books and other small items that members of the deployed military say they miss the most.
"The objective of this project is three-fold. District-wide, it encourages students to reflect on the themes of service, kindness and community by supporting our military but it also allows our athletes to develop leadership skills and our younger students to practice their writing skills. On behalf of the Varsity Club, I thank everyone who participated, especially our dedicated 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers. This would not have been possible without our teachers," commented Director of Health, PE & Athletics Austin Goldberg. All cards and items collected will be included in comfort packages sent to our deployed military through United for the Troops.