Friendship program helps military students stay connected

 

Rainier Elementary students have a lot of friends! A friendship program was started at the school to help the students - all of whom are part of military families - stay connected with each other. During lunchtime, students can choose a piece of construction paper and make a cutout of themselves. The students can depict themselves however they want but the design must include a heart.

“We teach them that friendship is from the heart,” said Pamela Raney, Rainier’s military and family life counselor who started the program at the school. “These students move around quite a lot and it’s important for them to feel connected. We’re teaching them what it means to be a friend.”

First-grader Keira St. Clair said being a friend means having fun with each other.

“All of my classmates are friends with each other!”

The cutouts are displayed in the school’s front entrance.

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Rainier Elementary students show cutouts they made of themselves for a friendship program.