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Care Packages Sent Overseas by Lake Country Students

Lake Country Academy (LCA) students used teamwork to support members of the community who are currently serving our country.

The students collected items and assembled care packages for the Army Reserve soldiers of the 826 Ordinance Company based out of Milwaukee and currently stationed at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. Sgt. Jason Kress, father of three LCA students, has been serving with 55 other soldiers at the base since January.

Their platoon provides ammunition for U.S. soldiers and destroys old or foreign ammunition when necessary. The students learned about the soldiers' living conditions and about the types of "creature comforts" of home that they miss while being deployed.

Working in classroom teams, students gathered items such as hard candy, Listerine strips, hand wipes, current events magazines, puzzle books, beef jerky, toothpaste and toiletries throughout the month of April. The students collected enough treats to pack and send over 17 care packages to the troops, who expect to be deployed for one year.

The students were thrilled to hear that the soldiers have already received the first shipment of packages and were delighted to receive an e-mailed photo of the troops with their care packages in hand.

Pictured here are members of the 826th Ordinance Company, based out of Milwaukee, and currently deployed at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, recipients of 17 care packages compiled by Lake Country Academy students.

Sgt. Jason Kress of Sheboygan, 2nd from the right in the middle row, and other members of his platoon hold the care packages they received.

Lake Country Academy's curriculum emphasizes a different core virtue each month. Teacher teams spearhead activities such as presentations, classroom skits, take-home activities and community service projects to demonstrate virtues such as, respect, responsibility, generosity, perseverance, courage, compassion, and citizenship.

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Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
May 15, 2009