CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A group of Heartland Veterans had some special visitors for lunch on Tuesday, April 25.
They might have even made some new friendships with the children.
The Prodigy Leadership Academy in Cape Girardeau, Missouri took a special field trip to the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
The 2nd and 3rd grade students sat down to eat lunch with the Veterans and spent some quality time together bonding.
Lilliana Dubs was one of those students and said she learned so much about them and said it was a great experience.
"Everyone's so nice and they're always offering me something," Dubs said.
A couple of Veterans offered food to the students and talked about things they had in common. Dubs said they talked about a lot of different things.
"How old they are. What branch they were in. What foods they like and other random stuff," Dubs explained.
Prodigy Leadership Academy Teacher Lisa Gray said they wanted to give these students more than classroom work. They wanted to give them an experience they would remember forever.
Gray said they had Veterans visit their school back in February for Valentines Day in which the kids had a ceremony for them and a great time.
"They started some relationships and they just really had a great time talking with each other," Gray said. "We just thought we wanted to continue that relationship."
Veterans we spoke with said they were glad to have the visitors as they brightened their day. Smiles were plenty from both students and Veterans and they even got a little silly at times when the Veterans wore some of the students sunglasses.
Students created an appreciation banner and designed special place mats for the Veterans to keep.
Dubs said she thinks this was an experience that everyone will remember
"I think it makes them really happy because we came here to see them and it just opens up their heart," Dubs said.