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Students send cards to Clay County soldier

Friday, September 7, 2012

Members of Lisa Coughanowr's kindergarten class at Eastside Elementary School display the cards they made for Clay County resident Hunter Reberger. Reberger is currently serving in Afghanistan with the United States Army. [Order this photo]
Lisa Coughanowr has taught kindergarten at Eastside Elementary School for eight years. This year she wanted to incorporate an activity into her classroom that would teach her students about life outside of Brazil and honor a soldier at the same time.

Coughanowr decided to have her 25 students make cards for Clay County resident Hunter Reberger.

Reberger is currently serving in Afghanistan with the United States Army.

"I wanted to send these letters to encourage him and show him our support," Coughanowr said.

Each card is decorated with the American flag on the outside. The inside of each card was decorated with messages and pictures from the students. Coughanowr said her students were excited to create their cards and write to Reberger.

Coughanowr used the opportunity of creating cards to teach her students many things.

"We're learning shapes," Coughanowr said. "So we've talked about what kind of shapes are on the card."

Coughanowr's students were all able to identify their cards as being in a rectangular shape.

"This also gives them an opportunity to learn about life outside Brazil," Coughanowr said. "They're learning that there's more to our community, and there's more going on in the world."

Coughanowr also used the opportunity to talk to the students about how Reberger might be feeling.

"I asked the students what Hunter might be missing or feeling," Coughanowr said, "and they said he must be missing his friends, his home and his family. This helps them learn what it must be like for Hunter."

Coughanowr plans on sending the cards to Reberger next week.

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What a great story! It seems like many good things have happened at Eastside Elementary this year so far.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Fri, Sep 7, 2012, at 7:40 PM

Not only will Hunter Reberger enjoy the letters of support but I am sure he will share with fellow soldiers that will enjoy reading the many letters of support !

Nice gesture Ms. Lisa Coughanowr, and a good thing to teach the youngsters at this early age.

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 1:31 PM

How nice and I'm sure will be much appreciated. More should do this kind of thing. Thank you so much!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 8:13 PM

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