Trumbull school celebrates vets with valentines

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TRUMBULL — Two classes at Frenchtown Elementary School recently received thanks and gratitude for their efforts to send some love to area veterans by two well-known visitors, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and former Trumbull First Selectman Raymond Baldwin.

On Friday, the two visited Michelle Cretella’s third grade class and Matia Berti’s fourth grade class. Both classes participated in the 11th Annual Valentines for Vets initiative, in which Himes and his staff collect hundreds of valentines from local students and distribute them to veterans.

Creating cards for the vets is nothing new at Frenchtown, said the school’s principal, Gina Frisco.

“We as a school traditionally create thank you letters on Veterans Day and distribute them at the Veterans Hospital in West Haven, as well as hold a personal hygiene item collection based on a supply list received from the VA,” Frisco said. “Therefore, this request from Congressman Himes’s office was one we were happy to support.”

She said these two classes were making Valentines during Himes and Baldwin’s visit, but other Frenchtown students will be making them over the next two weeks to be shared with veterans, too. Students also will be making cards for local senior citizens, too, Frisco said.

“It is part of the believe in service and giving back to the community that is part of the culture at Frenchtown School,” she said.