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Conrady Students Write - and Receive - Letters from U.S. Troops

The staff sergeant returned from a grueling 12-hour mission in stifling triple-digit heat to find some of his men “with smiles on their faces reading letters.”

“I had no idea what was happening so I quickly put down my gear and started to nose around,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Dane Fisher, who is deployed “somewhere in the Middle East.” “I was truly taken aback to see my troops reading and sharing letters from your students.

“I don’t think I can write, nor speak, just how much those letters made us smile,” Sgt. Fisher said.

The letters were penned by students in Mrs. Dignan’s class at Conrady Junior High School. They were part of a letter-writing campaign to the troops that started years ago by Hickory Hills’ resident Jim Kruse of Kruse Krew’s, which provides packages and letters to U.S. servicemen and women throughout the year.

Sgt. Fisher and some of his charges spent hours writing letters back to the students that were both personal and inspiring.

In one of Sgt. Fisher’s letters to Salma at Conrady, he wrote: “You’re an eighth grader. That means you’ve almost graduated from middle school. Keep going … If you can make it out of middle school, the rest is more challenging, yet easier. Some day you’ll know what I mean.

“You wrote that you like math and social studies … but what about history? Sgt. Fisher asked. “You may find that in time, history becomes more and more interesting. After all, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Sgt. Fisher shared with the students his love of sports, especially volleyball. He encouraged Victoria, an eighth grader, to continue her love of dance “as it takes a ton of courage to perform in front of people.”

“Dance is one way to show off your creative side,” he said. “Keep it up.”

His response to Spencer, another eighth grader at Conrady who plays 60 games of baseball every summer, was to “stay motivated.” “I am proud to be over here fighting for you, your friends and your family. Again, stay motivated as I will stay safe.”

“You sound like quite the athlete,” Sgt. Fisher said. “I think you need to thank your parents for making all that baseball possible.”

He closed his letter to Spencer by saying how pleased he was that the school still recites the Pledge of Allegiance.

“I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to see that you recite the Pledge almost 300 times a year,” Sgt. Fisher said. “Next time to say the Pledge try to think about the words you are actually saying: Liberty and justice for ALL.”