2007-09-26 / News

A Treat for Troops

S.G.A. students send care packages to Iraq
From Staff Reports

Students at S.G.A. Elementary School are putting together care packages for soldiers in Iraq. Students at S.G.A. Elementary School are putting together care packages for soldiers in Iraq. Soldiers serving in Iraq will soon learn they have the love and support of an entire Burke County elementary school.

That knowledge will come to the 63rd Signal Battalion deployed from Fort Gordon when they receive their first of many care packages from S.G.A. Elementary School. Along with a banner proclaiming "S.G.A. Elementary Loves Our Troops," 318 original drawings and letters from students in prekindergarten through fifth grade were mailed overseas on Sept. 14.

When Anna Herrington, a first grade teacher at S.G.A., approached principal Sam Adkins about having the school "adopt" a troop, she says he enthusiastically supported the idea. According to Herrington, program coordinator, the project is designed to promote patriotism within the school and to increase students' awareness of the sacrifices being made by the soldiers for America.

Based on a list, provided by Fort Gordon, of items needed by soldiers in Iraq, the school is currently collecting granola bars to be included in the November package and Tic-Tac mints for the December mailing. Packages will continue to be sent throughout the school year.

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