Number of Participants: 5
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $169
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: March 8, 2022
Islip Middle School
Main Street, Islip
At a recent Islip Middle School CARE Club meeting, the many positives that kindness and caring bring became clear when the club’s members linked virtually to meet and converse with several American service members.
The connection began when middle school cheer coach Suzanne Lange made the CARE Club aware that her family sends care packages to her son, and Islip alumnus, Lt. Nicholas Lange of the U.S. Army. The students jumped at the chance to let the troops know how much they are valued and asked to send care packages as well.
Club members then created handmade cards of thanks and holiday cheer, crafted sparkly wooden snowflakes, packaged homemade chocolate treats, and collected donations of books, magazines, crossword puzzles, coloring books, candy, and snacks from middle school faculty.
In February, the CARE Club members met with the service members face-to face for a 40-minute virtual conversation. The students learned that there is an eight-hour time difference between New York and Iraq. The soldiers shared they are stationed somewhere between the Tigris and Euphrates River. Their base is shared with many other international troops, so they enjoy international foods regularly. The students also learned that the troops have very little downtime and are always on call.
IMG_6748: After creating and sending care packages, Islip Middle School CARE Club members had the opportunity to meet and converse virtually with several American service members
Photos courtesy of Islip School District