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From the heart: Kids make valentines for veterans

From the heart: Kids make valentines for veterans

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Washington, DC, February 12, 2017 | comments

It wasn’t a typical assignment, but Machias Elementary School sixth-grader Liv Harrison put her heart into it.

“To someone special,” Liv wrote. She had decorated her pink construction-paper card with hearts and Cupid’s arrows.

Benjamin Studley, a 37-year-old Navy veteran and former Machias Elementary Bobcat, was on a mission when he visited his alma mater Thursday. As Liv, her classmates and other students created cards, Studley made his rounds at the Snohomish district school. He was there as part of a Valentines for Veterans effort.

Carrying a box covered with paper hearts, he and several other veterans gathered the handcrafted valentines. Those colorful cards were being delivered Saturday to patients at the VA Puget Sound hospital in Seattle by Studley and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, a Democrat representing Washington’s 1st Congressional District.

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