I’m starting to think that Janni needs his own section dedicated to him in the Union Leader! Here is a story about the two first grade classes learning about- and writing to Janni.
Thank you Mrs. Graves, Mrs. Flint and all of the wonderful students!
Merrimack first-graders send letters to NH Marine
DATE: March 12, 2009
PUBLICATION: New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH)
By SUZANNE BATES Union Leader Correspondent MERRIMACK — “Dear Janni,” wrote first grader Kaitlyn Zamary, “I hope you are being careful. Do you have a lot of friends?”
In the next classroom over at Thorntons Ferry School, Signe Kula was drawing a picture of her dog. “
Dear Janni,” she wrote above the picture, “you have done a doggone good job.” Both girls were writing to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Janni DuPont, a Merrimack High School graduate who was recently deployed to Iraq. DuPont once attended Thorntons Ferry, and yesterday his former first-grade teachers Anne Graves and Rosie Flint wrote letters to him with their current first-grade classes.
When DuPont came to the school, it was only a few years after his parents, Chet and Debbie DuPont, adopted him from Romania. His former teachers remembered him as a happy, curious little boy who learned English quickly.
Graves said she saw him years later after he signed up with the Marines.
“I think he was really proud,” she said.
Yesterday, Flint and Graves read a book to their students about the military and spoke about patriotism. “
They were proud of the fact that someone would serve their country,” said Flint, of the students. “They were also worried — they said they hope he’ll survive.”
Graves said a police officer was in the class last week to read to the students, and at the time, he explained that he doesn’t use his gun unless he has to.
“We told the children it’s the same for the soldiers,” said Graves. “We explained to them they’re there to keep the peace.”
The first-graders were busy drawing pictures and writing letters to DuPont yesterday afternoon.
Taylor LeDoux was drawing flowers and a tree.
“I’m drawing spring for him,” she explained. Next to her,
Logan Karch drew DuPont with some weapons. One was labeled a “stink bomb.”