Lincoln-Way Central students write letters to servicemen and servicewomen
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

On Monday, December 12, 2016, Matt Robbins’ third period History of World War I and World War II class wrote holiday letters to servicemen and servicewomen at the Naval Station Great Lakes. Through December 16, 2016, Robbins will collect letters from Lincoln-Way students which will be delivered to the base on December 25.

The idea came to Robbins from sophomore student Kailey Hills, whose sister, Casey, currently serves in the Navy. “She was at boot camp at Easter which was really hard for her, so I decided it would have been a good thing to do for the recruits,” says Hills.

Hills said she realized that it would likely also be difficult for her sister to be away from family for the winter holidays, which inspired her to talk to Robbins about her idea of creating holiday cards. Robbins agreed. He provided the necessary materials and encouraged his students to tell the service men and women about their own lives while thanking them for their service. He also hung posters around the hallways to inspire other Lincoln-Way students to participate.

“This is good cause for students to thank those who are defending our freedoms during the holiday season, especially when they don’t get to spend time with their families,” says Robbins. “It’s great to do something for the larger state of Illinois.”