California School District Unites 178 Schools In Largest Ever ’Let’s Say Thanks’ Card Drive
Students aim to send more than 100,000 messages of support to U.S. troops overseas.
ROCHESTER, N.Y.- It’s not every day that a school district made up of 178 schools comes together for a single cause, but a Memorial Day tribute to the troops is uniting 133,000 students in the San Diego Unified School District.
Students plan to show their appreciation for deployed U.S. troops with a goal of collecting more than 100,000 messages of support through Xerox Corporation’s (NYSE: XRX) Let’s Say ThanksSM program - a free and easy way for the public to send postcards to U.S. servicemen and women stationed overseas.
“This event acknowledges the sacrifices our families endure,” said Barbara Shorbill, whose husband is a Marine and who has two children attending Mason School in the San Diego school district. “During Support our Troops week, our children can stand tall and feel proud, knowing that their teachers and classmates are there for them.” Shorbill’s children are among the 11,000 students within the district that have parents serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
From May 21 - 23, the students will hold lunch-time card drives at the high schools, while the middle and elementary school students will write messages in class. Teachers, administrators and Xerox employees will work together to collect the thousands of postcards, and the military support organization Soldiers’ Angels will mail them in care packages.
“Xerox started the Let’s Say Thanks program nearly a year ago, and already nearly 11 million people have sent online messages of support,” said Greg Jones, senior vice president, Public Sector Sales Operations, Xerox. “The San Diego students are expanding the effort by taking the time to hand write individual messages. They should be applauded for their drive to make the men and women of the armed forces feel appreciated.”
The colorful postcards used for the drive were designed by children ages 6-14 from across the country and printed on Xerox iGen3™ Digital Production Presses by a Xerox Premier Partner, Cathedral Corporation of Rome, N.Y. The public can also send well wishes to U.S. troops around the globe through the program’s official Web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com.
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