Armstrong students sending holiday care packages to members of the military |

Armstrong students sending holiday care packages to members of the military

Students at West Hills Intermediate School are giving back to the military for Veterans Day after spending an afternoon participating in patriotic activities.

Over the last 10 days, students collected shoeboxes, snacks, toothpaste and other personal care items for care packages to send to service members for the holidays.

“We just wanted to give back. These people do so much for us, and they have such a thankless job,” said teacher Pam Pyle. “We just wanted to send them some extra comforts from home because I don’t think they can just run to Wal-Mart for things when they’re in Afghanistan or the Middle East.”

Pyle said she wants to have the care packages shipped in time to arrive for Christmas.

Students left the items in bins beneath a wall in the school lobby covered with photos and information on friends and family members who have served or are serving in the military. In all, it features 115 veterans..

“Every morning, the kids keep looking at it as they come in and they have a sense of pride,” Pyle said. “It inspired them to keep bringing more in. These kids are too young to truly understand the concept of war, thankfully, but they do realize they know someone in the armed services and they’re so proud of that.”

Principal Paula Berry said the school kept Veterans Day activities going Monday during music and physical education classes by singing patriotic songs and doing boot camp-style exercises, such as marching, sit-ups, scaling a climbing wall and taking on obstacle courses.

She said the school hopes the activities help students understand what it takes to get ready to serve in the military.

“We want them to realize how hard it is and how much our military does and sacrifices for us,” Berry said. “This really helps them understand what it took for our veterans to do the things they’ve done for our country.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or [email protected].

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