EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - Elementary students on Wednesday made cards for Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy.
"I'm coloring a card for the kids from Afghanistan," said first grader Crispin Hebert.
"Oh, that's very nice of you. Why do you want to make a card for them?" asked reporter Katrina Lim.
"To welcome them here," Crispin responded.
Flynn Elementary School in Eau Claire is celebrating its 12th anniversary of being named an international peace site, and to help celebrate diversity, all 220 students are either making cards, writing letters or filming videos to welcome the new faces in the Badger state.
A lot of the kids wrote "Welcome to Wisconsin" and described their favorite activities.
When refugees read these cards, officials hope they know they are supported and hope the process of making them teaches the kids kindness.
"It's no better time to learn how to encourage and support and respect diversity, but also respect other people and different situations and to know that everyone is in a different situation. We want them to encourage the diversity of it all and just to learn," said Jessica Hoff, partnership coordinator at Flynn Elementary School.
School administrators plan to send the cards, letters and videos to Fort McCoy on Monday.