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Helping Soldiers in Afghanistan!

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 12 classes took part, bringing in everything from wiffle ball bats to Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, and shipped 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 who then collected enough to fill 19 boxes with 236 pounds of supplies. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization covered the cost for shipping. The students also created Christmas cards for the troops.


A Waxhaw resident and parent at the school put the project together, Clarke said, after hearing about soldiers in Afghanistan needing support.


One of the sergeants from Bravo Company, a family friend of the parent, mentioned that soldiers missed supplies from home, so she got in touch withClarke 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.

Written by: Written by Brian Carlton, edited by Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: Jan 13, 2012 by Dr. Rachel Clarke

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