After the Boston Marathon bombing last year, sixth grade students reached
out to first responders to offer their support and thoughts. They recently
heard back from a commander with the Massachusetts National Guard, with a
letter of thanks, a coin and a patch.
"Your kind words and gratitude toward us and other First Responders did a lot to lift our spirits during a difficult time," wrote Major Matthew D. Woolums, commander of the 1st Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team of the state's National Guard, in an October letter to students. Woolums is the brother-in-law of VA teacher Christine Tylock.
Last year, VA students on Team 63 were able to choose from several agencies to whom they would write a letter of support and thanks. In the wake of the marathon tragedy, they reached out to the National Guard in Massachusetts, the Boston Police Department, the Boston Fire Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The letters were forwarded to the agencies by Woolums.
"We are really proud of the work they did and the fact that it meant so much to those who who serve," VA Principal Luke Rakoczy said.
Read the letter from Major Woolums to VA students [PDF]