GARDNER — In spring 2012, Gardner-South Wilmington High School’s National Honor Society sent six packages to a military unit in Afghanistan that has ties to the high school.
Specialist Timothy Yeates had been deployed with the 236th ICTC unit in Bagram, Afghanistan. Specialist Yeates’ step-daughter is a student at GSW.
Recently the First Sergeant of the 23th ICTC, US Army unit sent the National Honor society a letter of thanks, a certificate and a flag that had flown over the airfield in Bagram.
The National Honor Society and Specialist Yeates were at the board meeting on Sept. 19 to present the American flag and certificate to the school board.
NHS held a large bake sale at a craft show in November 2011 to raise funds to buy items to send to the unit in Afghanistan. The organization paid for the postage and all items with the funds that they raised. The students wrote letters in both Spanish and English that were mailed to the soldiers with the packages. A large sheet with names of the students was also included in the package as well.
Some of the items mailed to the unit were tuna, individual cans of ravioli, beefaroni, gum, individual lemonade and Kool-Aid, candy, nuts, trail mix, cookies, batteries, hand sanitizer, paper, pencils, pens, stationary and playing cards.
This is the second year that students at the high school have participated in sending items to a unit in Afgainstan or Iraq. The group plans on doing it again this year.
The kids were inspired by the information that Specialist Yeates shared at the board meeting. Many were unaware of how difficult it is for our troops to get items overseas.
Mrs. Terese Kukman is the adviser for the Gardner-South Wilmington National Honor Society.