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.
Encouraging people to send birthday cards to WWII veteran Fred Arsenault. He's turning 100 on March 6. Let's get those cards in the mail to let him know we thank him for his service and wish him a very happy 100th birthday!— John Tory (@JohnTory) February 3, 2020
Thanks to @NEWSTALK1010 for sharing this post today. pic.twitter.com/rkTHfQoQxH
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.
Happy Birthday 100th Mr Fred Arsenault! 🎂🍾Thanks to the power of social media, specifically @JohnTory, @NEWSTALK1010, @CBCNews and @blogTO we had an epic media lesson and hopefully helped make a Canadian War Hero’s birthday wish come true! @oodps1 @HaltonDSB @spencerideas pic.twitter.com/4GGhRJKJvV— Ms Jones (@TeachingMsJones) February 19, 2020
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.
Today’s kindness activity was making birthday cards for Mr. Fred Arsenault, who turns 100 next month. (If you haven’t heard of him, google his story. You’ll be glad you did.) We challenge other classes to do the same! pic.twitter.com/0zd0guARh8— Mrs. Mott's Class (@MrsMottandclass) February 19, 2020
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.
Over forty birthday cards for Mr. Fred Arsenault, war veteran, who’s turning 100 years old this coming March 6th! Happy birthday Fred from gr.4/5s at Millen Woods school. @TorontosMayor pic.twitter.com/ULEkEc8BWp— Fantastique4sand5s (@millengr4_5FI) February 19, 2020
And at one school in Ottawa, students celebrated their 100th day of school by making and sending a card to Arsenault.
Kindergarten students at Hilson enjoyed celebrating the 100th day of school! They even made a card for Fred Arsenault, a Canadian veteran who turns 100 next month! pic.twitter.com/RdnLAZF8Lv— HilsonAvenuePS (@HilsonAvenuePS) February 19, 2020
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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