Second Graders Blend Creative, Computer Skills To Brighten Life of Cranford Soldier

EDISON—Patriotism and the solemnity of Sept. 11 were not overlooked by second graders at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, who created greeting cards for a local soldier serving in the United States Navy.

Cranford resident Kathy Meier, Lower School science and technology teacher who led the project, explained that the students drew pictures on the computers using their technology skills, while others used paper with old-fashioned materials like crayons, pencil and pen, to bring a little sunshine to the life of Matthew Coppola of Cranford. Mr. Coppola is also the son of a mutual friend of Mrs. Meier and second grade teacher Donna Pedde, also a Cranford resident.


After Mr. Coppola decided to become a diver in the Navy, he trained for the position for over six months. He left on August 25 and was sent to the Great Lakes for Boot Camp.
Since he cannot be contacted via telephone or e-mail, the students thought their drawings (which will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service), would be a great way to “say thank you for helping to ‘protect our country.’”

Some of the computer paintings depicted American flags, stars, Mr. Coppola in his Navy uniform, a Navy ship, and sentiments such as “Keep Your Eye on the Grand Old Flag!” Some of the drawings included phrases such as “I Am Thinking About You,” “To My Friend,” “Best Luck, Good Wishes, Have Fun Training,” “Peace,” and “We Are in Your Heart.”

Second Graders Blend Creative

Sending Best Wishes—Second graders from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison show the drawings and paintings they created for Matthew Coppola, who is serving in the United States Navy. Pictured, left to right, are: Logan D’Amore of Scotch Plains, Jack Kolbert of Edison, Ricardo Garces of North Brunswick, Destiny Ingram of Somerset, Kristina Kuchinski of South Plainfield, Shane Kornecki of Colonia, and George Castro of Elizabeth. Photo by Michelle H. LePoidevin

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