In an effort to bring the comforts of home to those who serve our country, second grade students in Stacy Iberger’s class at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School created special care packages for soldiers this month.
During the event, Lunch Bags of Love, the students, with the help of several parents and staff members, filled care packages for two troops serving in Afghanistan and one soldier with a special connection to the Rocky Point School District.
“The project helps the students have a deeper appreciation that the world is a lot bigger than their local community,” said Ms. Iberger, who has organized the program for six years. “It also provides them the chance to give thanks to those who help to protect our nation and provide some comforts of home to those serving.”
In addition to its philanthropic benefits, the project also included a literacy component as each package included a handwritten letter from a second-grader.
After brainstorming topic ideas, the students crafted letters to the soldiers, thanking them for sacrifices made for their country and extending their well wishes for a speedy return home. They then decorated paper bags with hearts and patriotic themes before filling them with valentine candy, pencils, soap and other toiletries. Parents and students donated the items collected for the packages.
As a special token of appreciation for the community service project, Councilwoman Jane Bonner presented each student with a commemorative certificate at the conclusion of the event.
Photos provided by Jennifer Kuefner, Syntax.