Army PFC Taylor Sennett paid a special visit to Joshua Cowell Elementary School on Friday morning.
He’s currently home for holidays, nearing the end of his eight-month deployment in Kuwait and Iraq. Sennett, who is from Lodi, received care packages from students at the Manteca Unified campus.
One student in particular, Isabel Logsdon, who is a third grader in Samantha Martin’s class, provided an encouraging note to Sennett.
He was so moved by the message that he and family members – other guests include Charles and Teri Palmer, parents of the late Marine Cpl. Charles O. Palmer – came to the morning gathering on this special Patriots Day to personally thank the youngster.
Sennett presented Logsdon with a stuffed animal as a token of his appreciation.
He mentioned that troops look forward to the care packages, doing crossword puzzles and playing games in their down time.
“Every time a box comes in, we pass (the contents) along – it’s a sharing thing,” Sennett said.
Added Mendy Ostling, Sennett’s mother: “These packages mean the world to our troops – it shows them that they are not forgotten and they support from people back home.”
Former Joshua Cowell principal Bonnie Bennett helped start the “Treats for Troops” program for Patriots Day at the school some seven years ago.
The project was the brainchild of Genevieve Flores, who was a fifth grader at the school. “She wanted to make a difference,” said Bennett, recalling a letter back then written by the youngster.
Bennett joined Principal Christie Newman and Vice Principal Katie Francis on this special Patriots Day event.