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Students send care packages to local troops in Afghanistan

Victoria Johnson, sixth grade, writes words of thanks on a handmade card. (Photos by Naomi Yaeger)1 / 3
Parker Maas and teacher Sean Weiland work together to assemble a care package.2 / 3
Abby Blazevic, sixth grade, holds up a Beanie Baby before adding it to the box. The soldiers can give the Beanie Babies to Afghani children.3 / 3

Middle school students at St. James Catholic School assembled care packages of treats, toiletries and Beanie Babies for a local National Guard troop now serving in Afghanistan. On Jan. 30, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in teachers Michelle Londibacher's and Sean Weiland's classes worked to fill boxes to be sent via Priority Mail through the U.S. Postal Service.

Many students signed handmade cards. Sixth-grader Victoria Johnson glued a likeness of the Statue of Liberty onto a piece of orange construction paper. She wrote a couple sentences on it with the words, "Thank you."

The items in the care packages include jerky, protein bars, crackers, chapstick, toiletries, hand warmers, etc. The kids are also sending Beanie Babies for the soldiers to give to the local children.

A soldier serving in the 950th Route Clearance Company out of Superior is also the father of one of the middle school students.

Naomi Yaeger

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