(Photo by Kim Foley MacKinnon)
State Senator Michael Rush paid a visit to Sacred Heart School in Roslindale today to say thanks to the school for sending him a giant care package while he was deployed in Iraq last year.
The West Roxbury Democrat, who is a lieutenant in the US Navy Reserves, was mobilized soon after being elected to the Senate in early 2011.
In his full navy uniform, Rush spoke to the students gathered in the school’s auditorium about his experience in Iraq and presented the school with an American flag.
"There was nothing better than receiving those care packages,” Rush said. “You thought about me and that made a very big difference.”
Mary Roberts, director of advancement at the school said Sacred Heart, said the care package was a teaching moment.
“We try to make sure that students at all grade levels understand that even the smallest good deed can have an impact on someone else,” Roberts said. “We wanted the students to be able to have a positive influence on those working and fighting to keep them safe.”
Rush said he shared his care package around and that “people were psyched,” especially by some items that were becoming hard to get in Iraq, including various toiletries like toothpaste.
“Those boxes could turn your day around,” he added.
After the assembly, Rush went on a tour of the school given by two student council representatives, 6th-grader Elson Ortiz of Hyde Park and 8th-grader Markysha Orisma of Dorchester, who were excited to show him around.