Hance Elementary School makes connection from heart to curriculum - PineCreek Journal

Hance Elementary School makes connection from heart to curriculum

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 4:45 PM

Students at Hance Elementary School are supporting our troops this holiday season. Under the direction of Ilene Greenblatt, students and staff members are donating to the “Boucek’s Battalion” project, which involves the entire school donating supplies for soldiers – everything from playing cards to tissues and chapstick.

Boucek’s Battalion is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the men and women serving in the military, who are stationed overseas. Boucek’s Battalion strives to be an organization in which the generous citizens of our community can show our brave soldiers that they are not forgotten.

Different grade-levels collect and donate specific items for the military.  Organizer Kim Boucek has been gathering items during the holidays for 12 years. She was inspired to do so when her brother-in-law was stationed overseas. The first year, the organization collected goods for 50 soldiers and now collects 8,000 pounds each year which benefits 8,000 soldiers.

“My mission is to connect the children with the soldiers,” Ms. Boucek said. “Our children do not always understand what it’s like for soldiers. The soldiers absolutely love the cards that are sent.”

Teacher Ilene Greenblatt, who organizes the school-wide collection says that this year, the Hance Elementary teachers incorporated the project into classroom lessons. For example, third graders wrote letters to soldiers during a writing lesson that served as a letter-writing campaign. Students in first and second grades had the opportunity to integrate the project into math with various counting activities. The kindergarteners had the opportunity to participate in sorting activities.

Ms. Greenblatt thanked the PTO for being so generous and helpful as well as the teachers and staff.

The organizers also want the community to know that there are several other collections that take place and other ways you can be involved. You can visit https://www.bouceksbattalion.org/ for more information.