WBIR-TV reports that some third grade students in Knoxville are already hard at work making some very special valentines. The cards aren't for each other, but for members of the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment who deploy for Iraq in February. The class has teamed up with Country Inn and Suites off Cedar Bluff to support the 278th.
"They may hear it on the news about soldiers being deployed. Now they get to do something personally to help," says Renie Carroll with Country Inn & Suites Cedar Bluff.
Some of the students are thinking of one soldier in particular.
"I've drawn him and me, and I'm giving him a Valentines card," says a third grader named Eric. "Aaron is serving in the National Guard to keep us safe."
Aaron is the hotel's "Soldier of the month."
"He's twenty, and he's from Cookeville," says Carroll. "And he loves football and reading."
In addition to the cards, the students are also writing Aaron words of encouragement in a journal. They hope it will bring him comfort in the long months ahead.