Students show support for deployed, wounded troops

***image1***Across the KMC, students and teachers recently sent holiday greetings and messages of support to deployed Soldiers and Airmen, as well as the many wounded at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and Kleber Kaserne.

Ramstein Elementary School
The Parent Teacher Association hosted a Project Cheer potluck dinner where parents, students and teachers met to make cards and letters. They also decorated brown paper bags donated by the Ramstein Officers’ Spouses Club to be used as gift bags for cookie donations for the hospitalized Soldiers. Teachers donated toiletries for LRMC Soldiers, and conducted an online “Message to Soldiers” writing program.

Ramstein Intermediate School
Jim Martin, fourth-grade teacher, spearheaded a program to make decorated placemats used on the meal trays of room-bound patients.

Since Operation Iraqi Freedom began, he and his students invited participation by all classes at the school. The art and host nation classes contributed to the monthly project.

Ramstein American High School
Each year, various student clubs and organizations sponsor a Christkindlesmarkt or German Christmas Market. The profits benefit school clubs and student activities throughout the school.

Teacher Christine Ford, Student Council sponsor, asked every student activity involved to contribute a percentage of their sales from the Christmas Market for phone cards and gift certificates for deployed servicemembers.

***image2***RAHS Honor Society teamed up with the 435th Air Base Wing for a service project to collect “care” package items for down-range Ramstein Airmen. In one week, the students collected items valued at more than $300, which they presented to 435th Mission Support Squadron. In addition to items collected, each package contained special art work created for the deployed Airmen by more than 75 students .

Kaiserslautern American Middle School
The student council and their adviser purchased 45 winter coats for the Soldiers at Landstuhl Medical Center. The coats were presented to the chaplain’s office at LRMC.

Sembach Elementary School
Students have been making cards and treats for LRMC patients throughout the year. Some students, touched by the appreciation of the Soldiers, have made personal donations and deliveries with their parents. Students are also making “welcome home” cards for Soldiers returning from downrange.

Second- and third-graders with a deployed parent have a unique club to make scrapbooks to send to their deployed parent as Christmas presents. They create pictures, writings and drawings and may include a lock of hair, school papers and other things they think their parent will enjoy.

Third-grader Tiffanie Rieger said, “I really miss my dad and I have been sad for a couple of weeks. This project makes me feel better because it is fun to send stuff to him. He likes getting pictures I make for him.”

***image3***First-graders made paper Christmas trees, donated to wounded Soldiers and Marines staying at Kleber Kaserne.

Sembach Middle School
Students worked on “project bake,” preparing and packaging hundreds of cookies, sent to troops serving in operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, as well as those recuperating at LRMC. The students baked, boxed, wrapped and shipped them in time for arrival in the pre-holiday season.

Landstuhl Elementary and Middle School
Students made holiday and get-well cards. In addition, the kindergarten classes under the direction of Laura Adames, kindergarten teacher’s aide, collected toiletry supplies for the soldiers, and a group of staff made stockings to stuff the toiletries in.

In conjunction with Ramstein Intermediate School, several classes collected school supplies, coats and shoes for the students at schools Soldiers are building or renovating in Iraq.

Vogelweh Elementary School
The school has created a prominent display case of student-made items dedicated to deployed Soldiers.
(Courtesy of Department of Defense Dependent Schools)