• 84°

Veterans connect with letters from West Madison students

West Madison students Aleksei, counterclockwise, Lenora, Jaden, Joy and Henry prepare letters for residents at Floyd E. 'Tut' Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville. (CONTRIBUTED)
West Madison students Aleksei, counterclockwise, Lenora, Jaden, Joy and Henry prepare letters for residents at Floyd E. ‘Tut’ Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – For Veterans Day, letters from West Madison Elementary School gifted students surprised residents at Floyd E. ‘Tut’ Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville.

Each letter is “heartfelt,” gifted specialist Wendy Tibbs said. The letters coincided with “A Day of Honor,” West Madison’s tribute to veterans.

Tibbs delivered 45 letters from students in grades 4-6 to Tut Fann. At the entrance, she handed one letter to a Vietnam veteran. “He politely received it (but) probably was thinking it would be cute with misspellings and a simple ‘thank you,'” she said.

Reading the letter, the veteran “teared up,” paused and asked the student’s age. “A fifth-grader,” Tibbs. The veteran said, “Tell him I said thank you.” This veteran has lived there five years after retiring from the U.S. Air Force and an arsenal job. “He has no family here.”

While Tibbs’ students wrote letters, Holly McKnight’s history classes wrote essays about veterans. “Through our collaboration, students used what they were learning in both classrooms and personalized these letters,” Tibbs said.

West Madison student Jayden wrote, “I don’t know who you are, but, in a way, I kind of do. You’re a risk-taker of risk-takers. Your heroic sacrifices make us who we are.”

Kelsey thanked veterans for reliability. “Many people don’t want the responsibility to do what you did, but you stepped up to the plate. I came up with an acronym — ‘YOLOSMAD.’ It stands for ‘You only live once, so make a difference.’ Thank you for your time and effort to make this world a better place.”

Shelly composed a poem:

“Thank you for fighting for us and being very brave.

You fought for us and had a loss of all the holidays.

I know without your help

I couldn’t get through the days.

Thank you for your service

In all your different ways.”

Henry wrote that he would never be able to comprehend the hardships of a veteran. “They must have really missed you back home. I best you missed them as well.”

 

 

Bob Jones High School

“Where It Belongs”- The Bob Jones Patriots Earn Baseball State Championship

James Clemens High School

Liberty’s Shravan Balaji wins ‘Best of Fair Award’ in regional science fair

Events

Trash Pandas hosting Elvis tribute night contest on May 21

James Clemens High School

French, Latin students at James Clemens excel in testing

Harvest

Enable Madison County announces needed asset at event

James Clemens High School

Koswoski awarded Department of Alabama’s ‘VFW Scout of the Year’

James Clemens High School

Lilliann Markowitz achieves top rank in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Sea Cadets

Bob Jones High School

Madison’s JROTC cadets challenged in Rocket City Rivalry Day

James Clemens High School

McDaniel, Stundtner, Vaughn and Woodard earn national grants

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – May 15, 2024

Madison

Bob Jones bests Central-Phenix City in opening game of State Championship

Bob Jones bests Central-Phenix City in opening game of State Championship

Harvest

TARCOG’s Senior Fun Fest moves to Agribition Center at Alabama A&M University

Bob Jones High School

Heavyweight Baseball- Bob Jones To Play For State Championship

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones holds off James Clemens in epic Final Four series to reach state final

Bob Jones holds off James Clemens in epic Final Four series to reach state final

Huntsville

Huntsville crews continue to assess damage and clear debris following strong storms

Bob Jones High School

Chess league to host Summer Camp in June

Madison

American Legion to honor Gold Star families on Memorial Day

James Clemens High School

Dr. Kerry Donaldson honored as ‘Alabama PTA Principal of the Year’

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones Jazz Band to play at Jazz Brunch at Madison Senior Center

Harvest

Madison Lions’ air filtration helps Village of Promise, Second Mile

James Clemens High School

Jets audio/visual students ace state, head to nationals

James Clemens High School

James Clemens, Liberty reach finals in Science Bowl

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – May 8, 2024

Bob Jones High School

City Rivalry Like Never Before: Baseball Playoffs- Bob Jones vs. James Clemens- A “Hatfields and the McCoys” Local Battle

x