When Wendy Tremiti, director of Alumni Relations for Ojai Valley School, saw the plea on the news from 104-year-old Marine Corps veteran Maj. Bill White, she knew exactly what needed to be done.
Maj. White, who served in World War II and earned a Purple Heart for surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima, had gone on television in early January with a simple request: he asked people around the world to send him Valentine’s Day cards, promising to save every one.
Ms. Tremiti — who has long been active in supporting military veterans and whose husband served in the United States Navy for 13 years — set out to make sure area students answered the call.
Springing into action, she organized Lower Campus teachers at OVS, and at two other schools in the Ojai Valley, to craft Valentine’s Day cards for Maj. White, with local students crafting more than 200 to send to the assisted living facility in Stockton where he lives.
“Many of our veterans live alone in long-term care facilities,” Ms. Tremiti said. “When somebody is alone in an institution and gets a card from a kid saying, ‘thank you,’ it puts a smile on their face.”
Read more in a news story by junior Mulan Ma on the student journalism website, On The Hill.