Thank you for giving us the opportunity to publicly thank the
Killington Elementary School staff, students and families for
reaching out with support, loving Christmas wishes and supplies to
our son. SPC Denny Miller is currently serving overseas in the
111th Engineering Company stationed in Afghanistan.
Anyone who knows anything about KES knows it is a very special
school. As parents of two graduates, we have witnessed the
extraordinary work and dedication of the educators and staff at
KES. The magic that they have worked over the years in regards to
improving their students and the community is special indeed.
In October, we told Loren Pepe, KES principal, about a program
that sends decorated Christmas trees to soldiers overseas. We
wondered if KES would be interested in making ornaments for a tree
for Denny. It was an instant "yes" and in keeping with the KES
spirit, the school went above and beyond our request.
The entire school, kindergarten through sixth grade, wrote
personal Christmas letters, made adorable ornaments and collected
eight boxes of necessities (food, movies, dental floss, hand
warmers, toiletries…) all of which were sent to Denny and his
fellow 111th soldiers. We had a chance to peak at a few of the
letters before they were sent abroad; they were very touching,
humorous and brought tears to our eyes.
We cannot thank Loren, the KES staff and all the students enough
for their generosity and their efforts to send comfort and a
message from Killington that we are all thinking of our Denny and
our other soldiers during these Christmas holidays. Their efforts
meant so much to Denny and the other soldiers who he shared these
Thank you KES!
Mike & Diane Miller, parents of Private Denny Miller, 111th
P.S. We always knew KES was a special place and we always felt
fortunate to have an incredible staff of teachers who demonstrated
their dedication to their students and community in many
ways. It is very obvious that "the caring", does not stop
when students graduate from KES. These teachers and staff are