The Project Peace students of Mary Mother of the Redeemer School in North Wales hosted local veterans and active military members Monday, Jan. 26 during an assembly in appreciation for their service. School students have been sending letters and care packages to airmen from the 111th Attack Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard stationed overseas as part of a “Treats for Troops” program.

National Guard members from the Horsham Air Guard Station and veterans from Chalfont VFW Post #3258 visited with the students and participated in the assembly. Students sang the National Anthem and performed the song “Thank You Soldiers” for the guests.

“Project HERO” (Healing Exercise Rehabilitation Opportunity) riders brought their recumbent bicycles and talked about the rehabilitative Ride2Recovery program. MMR’s students held a fundraiser and presented the veterans’ group with an $850 check. It will be used to sponsor healing members of the military who wish to participate in adaptive cycling events throughout the community.

The students also received an award for their continued support of military families at the Horsham Air Guard Station. Kindergarten students recently “played Santa” on the feast of St. Nicholas by collecting toiletries and snacks that were stuffed into Christmas stockings and shipped overseas.

Project Peace students and MMR faculty volunteered at craft and face painting stations during a party for military children. The students received a flag and certificate that was flown during Operation Enduring Freedom in appreciation for their support.