School kids send soldiers knock-knock jokes

March 17, 2011 7:25:36 PM PDT
Students at Livermore's Emma C. Smith Elementary School are on a mission to make U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan laugh.

The idea to send jokes to service men and women overseas was the brainchild of first grader Angelica Evans.

"We wanted to send the soldiers a joke because we want them to be happy," Angelica said.

"We were watching a commercial on TV, got teary-eyed about the soldiers far from home; she wanted to do something nice for them, so she decided to send a knock-knock joke," Angelica's mom Kim Evans said.

Soon, Angelica's enthusiasm for writing knock-knock jokes spread to the entire school, all 700 students.

"It was really nice to see their enthusiasm, wanting to support our soldiers and give them a laugh," teacher Melissa Dato said.

"I think giving this to them will make them really, really happy and think of good things," first grader Nick Corsi said.

From here, the knock-knock jokes will be handed off to Blue Star Moms who will include them in care packages sent to soldiers overseas.