Giving to those who give all
At Brewton Middle School, packed to the brim in postal boxes are pleasantries to put a smile on anybody’s face. Each box contains goodies ranging from deodorant to batteries, to candy of all sorts, to beef jerky. Each box contains a special surprise of stuffed Christmas stockings. One box will hold personal letters from students. At this point the boxes are near ready to be shipped. The destination– Bangram, Afghanistan.
Brewton Middle School adopted 525 men and women stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan as part of the school’s second annual Veterans Day Program. Project Frontlines sent the school a list of items which the soldiers requested and needed this time of year.
“Particularly requested items this time of year are Christmas and holiday-type items,” said BMS assistant principal Leah Fuqua.
“Our active-duty men and women are away from their families at this special time of year, so it is nice to have a piece of holiday cheer so far from home.”
Since Oct. 31, teachers encouraged students to bring items to school as part of the worthwhile cause.
Eighth graders Anna Watson, Sonnett Lane and Andrew Ray participated in the action in donating items as well as designing stockings.
“I donated candy, toothbrushes, toothpaste and any other normal stuff they may need,” Watson said.
“I donated cards,” Lane said. “A box of playing cards is easy to carry. I thought it’d be a good thing to have to give them something fun to do.”
Ray said he donated something he thought service men and women would find tasty.
“I brought a big pack of M&Ms. I thought that’d be something they can enjoy.”
Project Adopt-A-US Soldier runs in conjunction with the school’s Veteran’s Day program which was held this past Thursday, the day before Veteran’s Day.
Project Frontlines at BMS culminated when each student wrote a letter to a soldier in the unit.
“As students entered the gym for the Veterans Day program, every student placed their letter into the box which is being mailed to Afghanistan,” Fuqua said. All BMS students played a special part in this year’s program.”
Volunteers Serena Terry and Michelle Walker are assisting in packing the boxes for the soldiers this week. If any community members would like to donate toward the cost of shipping the boxes to the unit, which BMS adopted, contact Leah Fuqua at the school office at 251.867.8420.