Worthington Students Package, Ship Pieces Of Home For Armed Forces


On this Veterans Day students all over central Ohio are learning about those who have served for our country. However, in Worthington, some students are giving back to those serving currently.

Rather than hitting the books, students at Kilbourne Middle School learned about Veterans Day from U.S. Airforce Sgt. Troy Taylor, a bronze star recipient.

"It was 9 degrees out at night, it was 24 hours and we didn't sleep," Taylor said to the students. "We ended up marching 23 miles through really bad terrain."

For weeks, students had been busy collecting goods and packing boxes to send to the troops.

"They're going to COBs, combat operating bases," social studies teacher Donna Newman said. "Men and women up in the mountains or remote areas wait for all their supplies to come in through the air."

Newman said that she came up with the idea, after her son, who is also in the military, told her of the need.

"I went, 'Oh, well if you want more boxes I have 400 students and we can certainly collect and send more,'" Newman said.

Students stuff the boxes with items civilians often take for granted-including, Girl Scout cookies and Slim Jims.

The students said that they had fun packing up more than 200 boxes while learning about service and sacrifice.

McCord Middle School and Worthingway Middle School also helped to collect and pack the items in the boxes.  With the help of Donna Newman's son, all of the boxes will be "dropped" from a plane to remote areas in Afghanistan.

Fifty of the boxes will go to a Worthington soldier and his base overseas.

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