The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 19, 2013

Students pack care packages for overseas service members

Staff Writer

JEFFERSON — Jefferson Area Junior High students are Stocking Up Our Soldiers.

The Junior High Student Council and Junior National Honor Society students gathered after school Monday to pack care packages for service members stationed overseas as part of their service project.

“We started a drive for the soldiers to show our appreciation for their service and patriotism,” said Deb Isom, Intervention Specialist and project coordinator. “We ended up with a lot more (donated goods) than expected.”

Isom had planned on sending 16 care packages, but the response from the student body and staff was so great that they had to get more boxes to fill. Isom said she was “pretty teary-eyed. It’s going to people I love. I’m amazed.”

Mrs. Holodniak’s art classes and Mrs. Grout’s computer classes made Thank-You cards for service men and women that have already been sent.

The students were all happy to help and be involved in the service project they called “Stocking Up Our Soldiers.” Robbie Eckart, eighth grade member of the Junior National Honor Society, said, “I like collecting things for the soldiers because they don’t get much overseas. And they’re good Christmas presents.”

Eighth grader, Celeste Hamper, who is also a member of the Junior National Honor Society, said, “I think it’s good because the soldiers overseas deserve this stuff. They’re fighting for us and risking their lives. They do a lot for us.”