Crispell, CVMS make Valentines for good causes

CVMS Principal Lee Hankinson had 651 Valentine’s Day cards to delivery to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s office this week which will be distributed to area veterans. Mrs. Hankinson’s goal was to get one Valentine’s Day card from each student and staff member in the building. She reached her goal! With 562 students and 89 staff members, each person in the school – students, teachers, aides, cafeteria workers, custodians, and office staff – contributed.

A large group of eighth grade students stand on the steps leading to the school. Many are holding Valentines and American flags.

“Making a card for a vet is easy,” said Mrs. Hankinson. “Doing what our vets have done and continue to do for us, is not.”

A middle school boy holds an American flag and smiles

At Crispell, the Students Making a Difference Club orchestrated the creation of 700 Valentines that were shipped to active duty troops overseas via Operation Valentine. They partnered with DeWitt Martinez Funeral Home, which paid for the shipping of the cards.

A young man with headphones on his head and wearing a black shirt, draws on a red piece of paper.

In addition, the Crispell students sent virtual Valentine’s Day cards to patients at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital through a free e-card service. Anyone can do it – click here for the link.

Two middle school students stand on either side of a screen with instructions on sending Valentines.


Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Tim O. Mains
Superintendent of Schools
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