Edison Intermediate & Larson Middle School students found a way to celebrate Veteran’s Day by honoring those who have and are presently serving in the armed forces in a very sweet way. Students donated candy to Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude is an organization that sends care packages to our active military, veterans, and wounded soldiers.
Students who participate in Student Council, The Builders Club, and interested fourth through eighth graders worked together to make fliers and posters, greeting cards, collect donations, and package and ship the candy to Operation Gratitude.
Collection bins were set up around the school. Seventh and eighth grade students were also given the option of bringing a gallon-sized bag of candy in lieu of an entrance fee to their fall school dance. The Tri-Village Rotary Club graciously covered the shipping costs to get the 270 pounds of candy collected to Operation Gratitude headquarters in California. This was a true example of our students and community working together for the benefit of others.
Many thanks to staff members Stori Rex, Allyson Sanders, and Doug Page for coordinating this opportunity for our students.
Photo: Students celebrate the effort with staff members (from left) Paraprofessional Stori Rex; Teachers Allyson Sanders and Doug Page; Superintendent and Rotarian Andy Culp; EILMS Prinicpal Tracie Lees; and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jamie Lusher.