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Elementary students send letters and 'Private Joe Bravest' overseas

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by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Private Joe Bravest is a patriotic bear who spent a day with fourth and fifth graders at Orange Elementary School in Waterloo. Next, he's headed overseas to Iowa's soldiers.

Traveling with Private Joe Bravest is a letter explaining a typical day in the life of a student at Orange.

"And then we're asking the soldiers to describe their day and send us back pictures," said fourth grade teacher Debbie Miller.

Iowa's Bravest, which is an organization that supports our military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, asked the Orange Elementary students to participate in this project.

"Once the kids heard about it, it was like yes, we need to do this," said Miller.

The students spent this class period writing their letters, understanding where the letters and Private Joe Bravest are going.

"They wanted the soldiers to know we remember them, they're not forgotten and this is another way to connect with those soldiers," said Miller.

Previously, several parents of Orange students were deployed, and one parent is overseas now.

"Those soldiers are there because of us, so if they can in some small way give back, and I think it's good for the kids to be able to do," said Debbie Miller.

The students hope to hear back from the soldiers and follow the adventures of Private Joe Bravest.

Students in Dike also participated in the project. The bears were made by Pat Rishel and the Sunday school classes at United Presbyterian Church in Traer.

For more information on the Private Joe Bravest project, click here.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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