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Students from across Canada are making cards for war veteran's 100th birthday

It was only a little more than two weeks ago that a photo of Toronto veteran and soon-to-be centenarian Fred Arsenault holding up a sign asking for 100 cards for his 100th birthday went viral, and now it seems his wish will almost definitely come true thanks to students across the country. 

Arsenault served with the Cape Breton Highlanders during WWII and now resides in Scarborough.

A photo of him holding a sign saying, "I'm a WW2 veteran about to turn 100 years old on March 6th 2020 and would like to receive 100 brithday cards," was originally posted to Reddit before quickly circulating all over social media. 

Toronto Mayor John Tory even shared the photo, encouraging people to send the veteran cards in honour of his big day. 

The photo has been spreading like wildfire since it was first put up online, and teachers across the country have been using the opportunity to teach their students about history while doing a kind thing for someone who most certainly deserves it.

One elementary school teacher in Ontario said the power of social media helped her class have "an epic media lesson" all while helping make a Canadian war hero's birthday wish come true. 

Another Canadian teacher said her class's "kindness activity" of the day was making cards for Arsenault, and she challenged others to do the same. 

One teacher said her class sent more than 40 cards to the veteran, indicating that he's likely to receive way more than the 100 he initially asked for. 

And at one school in Ottawa, students celebrated their 100th day of school by making and sending a card to Arsenault. 

Considering how many students have already made and sent cards to Arsenault since the original photo went viral, it's highly likely that he's already received more than 100 cards.

Still, his birthday is more than two weeks away and there's no telling how many cards he'll receive by the time he reaches 100 years old. 

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