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Friday, November 11, 2011

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St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary sixth-graders Meg Welsh, left, Katie McHugh and Joey Jadue pack boxes with candy and supplies in honor of Veterans Day. Members of the school’s student council will send the care packages to soldiers overseas.

By christine keeling

ckeeling@vindy.com

austintown

Students pre- pared a surprise for soldiers in honor of Veterans Day.

Members of St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary’s student council stayed after school Wednesday to help pack care packages that will be sent to service men and women stationed in Iraq.

The students hope the boxes will reach their destination before the Christmas holidays.

“They are our future veterans,” said Barb Demesko, the school’s kindergarten teacher, to students as they lined up to place a variety of items, including crossword books, playing cards, snacks and personal-hygiene products into each of 16 boxes lined on the classroom floor. The supplies were collected at the school from Oct. 24 to last Friday.

Seventh-grader Patrick Thomas tried to arrange every item so there was no space left. Small candy was used as packing material.

“I think it’s good to help the troops who do so much for us,” he said.

Last year, the students shipped 140 pounds of stuff overseas.

Soldiers sent back thank-you letters and a signed stone, which are proudly kept in the school’s display case.

“In class we talk about the importance of veterans and how freedom isn’t really free,” said Sharon Machuga, student-council adviser. “They need to realize now that service is important.”

The student council is using some of its funds to help pay for shipping.

Fourth-grader Julianna Frengler said she thinks the soldiers will be really happy when they open their packages.

A letter thanking them for their service, signed by the entire school, will greet them.


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