7-inch-high stack of cards created by Plymouth students for Honor Flight veterans

Plymouth students made this 7-inch-high stack of 150 or so cards and letters for Honor Flight veterans.

Plymouth students make Honor Flight cards

Posted August 7, 2017

Plymouth School District students made a recent Honor Flight that much more special, by creating about 150 cards and letters for veterans.

The cards and letters were created at the request of Sue Hellmer, who asked the principal at each school if one of their classes might be interested in making cards. To her delight, many classes responded, including those taught by Mary Vanderkin, Jessica Prusow, Kelly Nesst, Tanya Straus and Lisa Josephs.

"To say it was beyond what I anticipated is an understatement," Mrs. Hellmer said. "The whole thing has been an awesome and moving experience, and humbling also in that I totally underestimated the generosity of spirit and caring of your teachers and students." 

The cards were given to veterans who took an Honor Flight in June to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor. "They are cute and sweet and charming and funny and sincere and, quite simply, amazing," Mrs. Hellmer said of the cards.

A favorite of hers - "one that I wish I could recreate and put in the mail package for every veteran" - depicts a medal with the message "You need to cut it out then pin it to your shirt!"

Mrs. Hellmer said the teachers should be very proud of their students for creating such heart-warming cards. "And students, be very proud of your teachers - they are fantastic."  

Learn more:
• Visit the Wisconsin Honor Flight website.
• Explore the Community Engagement section of our District Report Card to learn more about how our students give back to the community.


Closeup of a card with a medal drawn on it

A Plymouth student made this card for an Honor Flight veteran.