Kensington students deliver presents to soldiers
Instead of focusing on what gifts they would get for Christmas, students from Kensington Elementary worked on giving to others in December. During the last week of classes, students and their families collected toys and supplies to ship to soldiers in Afghanistan.
“I’m proud of the children,” Kensington Elementary principal Rachel Clarke said. “We talked about character and now we see them put it into action.”
Students from twelve classes took part, bringing in everything from wiffle ball bats to Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and shipping it out to the soldiers in Bravo Company. Potato chips were a big request, along with other snacks. Teachers sent home information with their students, Students collected enough to fill 19 boxes with 236 pounds of supplies, with the school’s Parent Teacher Organization covering the cost for shipping. The students also created Christmas cards for the troops.
Waxhaw resident and parent Amy Attieh put the project together, Clarke said.
“We had a reach out from someone in Afghanistan, needing support,” Attieh said. One of the sergeants from Bravo Company, a family friend, mentioned that soldiers missed supplies from home. Attieh got in touch with Clarke and through her to the teachers, who worked with their students to collect supplies.
Later in December, the soldiers from Bravo Company sent a letter, thanking the community for their support.
“It says a lot about our community, that people were willing to help with this,” Clarke said.