Sussex County Delaware

Sussex Students Send
Items to U.S. Troops
Armed Forces News

Students Send Toiletries,
Banners, Cameras, Etc.

State lawmakers started the ball rolling and students, teachers and parents ran with it, collecting thousands of items sent to our troops serving in Iraq.

The General Assembly passed House Concurrent Resolution 11, encouraging the Department of Education (DOE) to promote a voluntary program for supporting our overseas military personnel.

"In all honesty, these kids needed very little encouragement," said House Majority Leader Wayne Smith (R-Brandywine Hundred North), the prime sponsor of HCR 11. "Many had already started making collections and planning demonstrations of their support for our servicemen and women. This outpouring of support was a patriotic moment for Delaware's school children."

The following is a condensed list compiled by the DOE of some of the efforts that took place throughout Sussex County schools to help our troops:

Cape Henlopen School District

Multiple drives by student high school organizations, along with the two middle schools, collected items needed by the USO and Red Cross.

Indian River School District

North Georgetown Elementary - More than 1,800 items were collected including disposable cameras, bottled water, pens, pencils, shampoo and soap.

Georgetown Elementary Collected toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, non-perishable food items, phone cards, disposable cameras -- more than 800 items in all!

Milford School District

Evelyn Morris Early Childhood Center -- The staff sent three large boxes of toiletries, games, snacks and other items to Dover Air Force Base for transport overseas.

Ross Elementary -- The fifth grade student council coordinated a school-wide effort to collect various items needed by the troops.

Milford Middle School -- Students and staff made an eight-foot banner supporting a woman deployed to Iraq who was also the mother of one of the school's students. The banner was presented to the student, who sent it overseas.

Seaford School District

Various activities were conducted throughout the district to show support for U.S. troops serving in "Operation Iraqi Freedom," including yellow ribbons displayed on windows, signs, and clothing. Collections were also made for the USO.

Woodbridge School District

Woodbridge High School and Woodbridge Elementary -- Students and staff collected and delivered items donated to the USO.

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