The Trafalgar Middle School leadership team gathers in front of a hallway map that shows where in the world the postcards that students at the school were sent.

Trafalgar students reach out to troops

This week Canadian Forces members in some of the darkest regions of the planet will receive postcards from Trafalgar Middle School students.

This week Canadian Forces members in some of the darkest regions of the planet will be receiving brightly coloured postcards from Trafalgar Middle School students.

“We wanted to give Canadian Forces around the world a taste of home and a nice greeting from Nelson,” says Grade 8 student Josie Day. “We told them how things are going around here.”

The project was headed up by the Trafalgar Grade 8 leadership group, under the guidance of teacher Kathy Speirs. The 10 students who make up the group do several projects during the term and the Remembrance Day postcard initiative is just one of them.

Last month the leadership students asked their peers to draw a colourful image on a postcard-sized card and write a little message on the back. The cards have since been sent to troops in locations like Sierra Leone, Congo, Afghanistan, Sudan, Italy and the HMCS Vancouver.

“Imagine if they are out all day and then when they get back they have this colourful postcard sitting on their bed,” says Abby Mandel, one of the leadership group members.

“It’s probably really nice to feel that ‘people actually remember me.’”

Most of the cards had a very Nelson feel to them with landscapes drawn to fit the beauty of our area.

“It might mean a bit more if it was from family, but it’s still coming from Canada,” says leadership student Tucker Anderson.

Though the students were delivering positive messages and were not supposed to dwell on the horrible aspects of war and dangers of peacekeeping, the project did bring the group — mostly comprised of 13-year-olds — closer to the reality of what troops endure.

“It kind of makes me sick to my stomach to see what is happening in some of the countries,” says leadership student Caitlynn Murphy. “My older brother says he wants to into the army. He’s an air cadet. I pay attention to it and watch it on TV when Canadian troops get killed and their family’s reaction to it.”

Though schools around the region have been focusing on Remembrance Day activities in the last week, the students say it’s not something that is constantly on the minds of peers in their age group.

“Most kids don’t really think about it,” says Mandel.

“But it’s a way to bring peace to other places around the world.”

The students hope to see many of their classmates at Nelson’s Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday where they will gather with people of all ages to mark past sacrifice and current commitment to trying to make the world safer.

“I’ve gone every year, but I think this year it will be more touching,” says Murphy.

Just Posted

Kootenay Lake’s first marine waste pump-out opens

Sewage facility is located at the Prestige marina

Nelson Leafs trade goalie Hunter Young to Rockies

Nelson will have an all-new duo between the pipes next season

Mishap with deer sends biker to hospital

Accident Thursday morning near Slocan Park

RCMP renew request for help finding missing Nakusp man

Christopher Sanford was reported missing Aug. 5

Car rolls down Nelson highway embankment, driver injured

Vehicle landed beside the Rosemont pedestrian trail

Fashion Fridays: How to dress and feel powerful

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

B.C. daycare operator denies negligence in death of ‘Baby Mac’

Infant died in early 2017 after biting an electrical cord, according to a lawsuit filed by his mom

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

BC SPCA reopens animal cruelty investigation at Abbotsford pig farm

Additional alleged footage released from Excelsior Hog Farm sparks new investigation

Donor upset no one noticed B.C. school’s sculpture had been missing for a year

Agassiz’s Fraser River Lodge owner baffled how theft went undetected

Purple fentanyl among items seized in B.C. drug bust

Youth being recruited as drivers for more-established drug dealers, police say

Fatal overdoses in B.C. drop 30% during first half of year

A total of 538 people have died between January and June, BC Coroners Service reports

VIDEO: B.C. RCMP officer’s stunt at motorcycle festival prompts internal investigation

The officer was part of a stunt event at the Squamish Motorcycle Festival

Most Read