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Letter to the Editor: A heartfelt thank you to Killington Elementary’s Trees for Troops efforts

Dear Editor,

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 gifts with.

Thank you KES!

Mike & Diane Miller, parents of Private Denny Miller, 111th Engineering Company
Killington, Vt.

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 awesome.