Mardi Gras 2011

A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO OUR MOST ENDEARING SUPPORTERS

We received support this year from a surprising and different source. It is worthy of recognition for the intent, effort and devotion by the students and teachers of:

ELLA DOLHONDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
219 Severn Ave, Metairie, LA 70001

    They donated a large collection of beads for the Honorees (details are below). But it’s the “Heart” behind their effort that was wonderful to witness. We were proud of their recognition and appreciation for the brave young men and women who are defending our freedom.

    In particular there are two Fourth Grade Students whose individual efforts are deserving of special recognition.

    ENGLEBERT DELGADO gave a donation of some One Dollar Bills. It wasn’t the amount that matters, it’s intent to help As Much As He Could to show his own gratitude.

    JOLI LINDSAY wrote a short letter to the Veterans (it’s shown below). Here is what she had to say:

“Dear troops my stepdad was in the army his name is Kris Shellenberger. he was the Sargent. but I gave you this to have a good mardi gras. By the way I’m glad you’re here. If we didn’t have you nobody could protect us. Thank you very much troops. You go threw battles of war for us. I’m proud of you and what you do. I’m age 8.”

    The items collected and donated by the school were; 16 bags of beads, 2 large boxes of beads, 4 bags of stuffed animals and a case of potato chips.

    There were two of the school’s Teachers involved in coordinating the students efforts; Peggy Villemarette and Deborah Reis who also are deserving of recognition.

    ON BEHALF OF THE VETERAN HONOREES WHO RODE IN THE PARADE, AND OF THE MEMBERS OF CHAPTER XXX SFA, WE HEREBY EXPRESS OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION. IN WITNESS THEREOF WE EXTEND TO YOU A HEARTY
" A I R B O R N E ! "

(Note of clarification = Among the Military Parachutists the term AIRBONE is the equivalent of “AtABoy” or “Job Well Done”)

PHOTO COPY OF ACTUAL LETTER WRITTEN BY JOLI LINDSAY