Manila Middle School reaching out to U.S. Military troops

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Manila Middle School (grades 5-8) began a service project through Operation Gratitude and will be collecting candy for troops. The students and their teachers will be gathering bags of candy (Halloween or any type) to send to the deployed military troops. The candy will be eaten by the soldiers and used in their efforts to care for and communicate with children from other countries.

Manila sixth grade officers and teachers kick off Operation Gratitude. Pictured are, from left: Back -- Janet Metheny, sixth grade teacher; Jacob Wright, treasurer; Aubrey Kelley, vice president; Cameron Quick, secretary; Dana Braden, sixth grade teacher. Front -- Carla Patino, co-reporter; Emalee Griffin, president; and Sabrina Key, co-reporter. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

The project began Monday and will continue through Friday, Nov. 19. Unopened bags of candy can be sent to Manila Middle School.

Dana Braden, math teacher, heard about Operation Gratitude, a non-profit military run project collecting candy and letters for the military.

"This is something our students can do and it will benefit our military," she said.

The social studies and literature teachers will work with students on writing letters.

Anyone that would like to donate candy or make a donation towards the shipping cost can do so at the Manila Middle School.

The candy will be sent to California where it will be divided out to U.S. troops throughout the world.

"We appreciate any and all donations," Braden said. "Our students are excited about the project and it should prove very successful."

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