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Rome students join troops with "Holiday Mail" program

By WKTV News

ROME, NY (WKTV) - Students from Kindergarten up to High School have joined the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. New this year, the Red Cross has added technology.

Because many soldiers continue serving overseas for the Thanksgiving Holiday, the students are thanking them for their service to our nation.

The students wrote personal messages during their free time.

Some of the younger students are practicing their handwriting and penning letters and cards.

The older students sent messages on Twitter.

CEAL Program Coordinator Melissa O'Roure said, "This is the first year the American Red Cross has brought technology into it, so they're able to send a message."

Anyone can view the messages, or add their own using #holiday mail.

O'Rourke said two former students came up with the idea.

The school district got on board.

Now the program is used at Rome Free Academy, Bellamy Elementary, Gansevoort Elementary, and Denti Elementary.

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