Mrs. Angie Simpson’s second-grade class at West District School has been preparing for the holidays by working to make them brighter for others.
The class of 7 and 8-year-olds recently made “Snowman Soup” to warm the spirits of servicemen and women and to wish them happy holidays. Students assembled the ingredients for Snowman Soup (hot chocolate packets, marshmallows, a Hershey’s Kiss, a candy cane and the poem below) and made thank-you cards for the troops.
“The Snowman Soup packets idea is something I’ve made for people for a few years and who can resist a nice cup of hot chocolate? It always makes you feel better,” Simpson said. “These servicemen and women give up so much for us, so it’s a little something we can do for them.”
The box of Snowman Soup is being sent to a very special group, a unit of Marines that includes the big brother of one of Simpson’s students, Chris Erasmus. Lance Corporal James Rider is stationed at Camp New River-MCAS Jacksonville, North Carolina with his unit of aviation mechanics who work on helicopters. Rider’s mom came in to help with the project.
"The kids worked so hard and were so excited to assemble the packets and wanted to even give extra marshmallows," Simpson said. "The cards they made were very thoughtful and from the heart."
I was told you’ve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With this freezing weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm your spirit.
So here’s a little Snowman Soup,
complete with stirring stick.
Just add hot water and sip it slow,
It’s sure to do the trick!
Students from West District School
Unionville, CT 06085