"We have three people that we know connected to our faculty," Brenda Hutcheson, gifted/talented coordinator, said. "Larry Nowlin, our superintendent, Seth Simmons, son of our high school principal, and Bryan Dugger, son of our speech therapist, are serving in Iraq. We are collecting items to send each of these, and perhaps others."
Each child at Riverside West Elementary is making encouraging cards or writing letters to mail, also.
"The imperative need for such a project has really been brought home just this week as one of the recent Arkansas fatalities was in Mr. Nowlin's unit. This has been very heart wrenching for all of those serving and has shown us that "a word from home" is definitely needed," Hutcheson said.
Hutcheson said the students are preparing boxes of canned meat, chewing gym, crackers, magazines and other items to be mailed. Friday is the deadline for turning in items. If anyone would like to contribute to the boxes, or to the postage, they can contact Hutcheson at Riverside West Elementary at 237-8222.
"We want the students and community to understand that we are all in this together," Hutcheson said.