Shipments of Sweets to Soldiers

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The student government at W.T. Clarke Middle School is participating in a schoolwide Adopt a Soldier program with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Bellmore – Post 2770 this academic year.
    
Adopt a Soldier is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving deployed United States servicemen and women. Through the program, soldiers receive care packages stocked with basic necessities such as cotton balls, clothing pins, snacks, fresh socks and toiletries.
    
The schoolwide initiative launched on Oct. 1, began with middle school students, teachers and faculty donating sweet treats in October and November. An assortment of candies, microwave popcorn, mac and cheese, cookies and energy bars, among other goods, were collected for soldiers to enjoy.
    
The students established a goal of collecting 100 pounds of treats and goodies over the course of the year. Thus far, the school organization has exceeded their year goal and received more than 200 pounds in donations just from the first drive. The student government has shipped off five large boxes of treats, with more still to come.
    
Throughout the year, the student government will host other collection drives for U.S. military personnel, expressing their gratitude for the service they provide to protect our country and freedoms.