|Students sending season’s greetings to Iraq|
|Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor|
Nov. 13, 2006 - Prekindergarten students from Water Oak School plan to make this Christmas season a little merrier for Marine Corporal Clayton Llewellyn, 22, and other soldiers of Unit #1061, currently serving in Iraq, by sending them a care package and a 9-foot paper Christmas tree.
"They don't have Christmas trees in Iraq, so we decided to make one to help them have a merry Christmas as they keep us safe," explained Mary Ann Rawson, who is also Cpl. Llewellyn's aunt. "Hopefully they will have a large wall they can put it on."
According to Rawson, a teacher and the new owner of the school, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old students have been working diligently on the project for the past two weeks, coloring and decorating more than 50 paper ornaments with glitter. Students will also be sending the soldiers mock-ups of their hand prints, along with letters and seasonal greetings.
�Llewellyn, who is serving in his second tour, has been e-mailing pictures from Iraq to the class. He is the son of Linda Brashear Llewellyn, formerly of Hopkins County, and Clay Llewellyn. He is due to return to his home in North Carolina at the end of February 2007.
Rawson said she hopes Llewellyn will be able to pay a visit to the prekindergarteners who adopted him and his unit during the holiday season.
�"The kids were very excited to do this for them," Rawson said. "They understand as much as they can about what is going on and why we are doing this. I don't think children are ever too young to learn about the sacrifices being made for our country. "