First graders support troops through class projects

First graders at Southeast Elementary will be learning about a very important aspect of American history this week."Celebrate Freedom Week!", as part of the social studies curriculum, will coincide with Patriot Day, the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The week will teach students on what it means to be an American, the freedoms we have as Americans as well as those who protect our freedom. With the latter theme, the students will write letters to over 200 troops in a particular battalion stationed overseas, and will also be gathering items to send care packages in order to show appreciation for the sacrifices made by the soldiers. Currently, the parent of a student is stationed in Afghanistan, and several staff members also have friends deployed.Items for the care packages will be collected until Friday, September 21, 2012. The items requested (listed below) include an assortment of cookies, candy, and other snacks, hygiene items, magazines, individual drink packets, writing materials, DVD movies and card games/dominos. Also being accepted are monetary donations to buy the boxes and for postage to be able to send the care packages.Parents with students in Mrs. Bethany Bryan and Mrs. Amy Nixon's classes can send their donations with their children. For anyone else interested in taking part in the care packages or if they have any questions, please contact the two teachers at Southeast.The troops have requested the following items: • Cookies - Oreos - Chocolate chip - Gingersnaps - Iced oatmeal - Iced animal crackers - Nilla wafers • Candy - Tootsie rolls - Lemonheads - Hot Tamales - Jolly Ranchers with soft middle - Taffy - Twizzlers - Suckers - Gum• Hygiene items - Axe body wash - Cinnamon toothpaste - Mouthwash - Carmex - Wet wipes - Q-tips• Magazines - Golf - Motorcycle - Fishing - Sports Illustrated - Sports - Military• Snacks - Little Debbie snacks - Individual pies (apple, cherry or pecan) - Beef jerky - Individual Ramen noodles or macaroni and cheese - Poptarts - Chips (Doritos, Original Pringles, Pretzels) - Fritos and Bean Dip - Cereal (Life, Captain Crunch, Raisin Bran, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Cinnamon Toast Crunch) - Individual powdered drink packets (Hot chocolate, Tea, Gatorade, Kool-Aid or Crystal Light)• Writing Items - Blank note cards - Stamps - Stationary and envelopes• DVD movies• Card games or dominos