Operation Care Package: North Liberty Elementary students give back on Veteran's Day

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Schools across the nation will take part in Veteran's Day Programs on Monday, but one Michiana school is hosting a unique event to give back.

Elementary students helped to fill coozies of candy, treats and notes of appreciation that will be sent to female military members in Kuwait. Faculty and parents at North Liberty Elementary supported the project financially, but teachers hope the hands-on activity will give kids a better understanding of what the military does.

"Educating our students is very important," said Randy Romer, the principal at North Liberty Elementary. "Letting them know, what our country means to us and those soldiers that are serving our country and just educating them on how our country began, on the backs of our soldiers."

Operation Care Package started after a faculty member wanted to send a special gift to her daughter overseas.

"My daughter is stationed in Kuwait right now," said Darlene Bell, a teacher at North Liberty Elementary. "She took one of these water coozies over to Kuwait with her, and it kept ice in her water for quite a while, so a lot of the girls wanted one."

The project blossomed into a bulk shipment. Now, Bell will send her daughter and colleagues over 200 stuffed coozies.

In addition to Operation Care Package, students, faculty and veterans in the community will gather for a Veteran's Day Program at the school on Monday at 1:00 p.m. Over 90 veterans are expected to attend.


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