At the end of the May, EHHS students sent over 600 care packages overseas to Africa for U.S. soldiers. Mrs. Carla Marsico and Mrs. Juliet Goraieb decided to do a community service opportunity for soldiers overseas! “We are doing this service Capstone to combat the social isolation that soldiers experience when they are deployed and to also thank them for their service,” says Mrs. Marsico.
Roughly 6,000 U.S. personnel are present in Africa, with most anchored around Djibouti in the east. From there, they fan out around locales like Kenya to primarily support the fight against al Shabab in Somalia. In the west, U.S. troops support roughly 4,000 French forces looking to oust Islamic militants from the north of Mali and also conduct counterterrorism missions of their own.
The care packages are being sent to 600 National Guard troops deployed in Africa. Materials were donated and bought with funds from their Capstone Go Fund Me. “We are doing this service Capstone to combat the social isolation that soldiers experience when they are deployed and to also thank them for their service,” says Mrs. Marsico. It’s important the soldiers know we appreciate them! The care packages have non-perishable snacks, drinks, playing cards, stationery, thank you notes from our Elementary students as part of Youth World Service Day, and cooling towels for the heat.
“Mrs. Goraieb came up with the idea because her brother-in-law had to leave his wife and 9-month-old baby to serve his country with the National Guard. It is a service Capstone project for the Capstone Intervention class, which is part of our school's Virtual Extended Day Academy. We meet each Wednesday and Friday at 3:15 pm., research and prepare a Capstone presentation and reflection paper, fundraise, work as a team, research social isolation with various groups (soldiers and elderly), write pen pal letters to elderly patients in a local nursing home, gather materials, pack boxes, assist with Post Office drop off…” said Mrs. Marsico. They need to know how grateful we are, they are doing a wonderful job.