Students Send Care Packages to Troops

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As part of a service-learning project, high school students taking AP English 11 sent care packages to U.S. service personnel serving in Jordan.

The project, overseen by teacher Kieran Morris, came about after the students read Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front,” learning more about the toll war takes on humans regardless of nationality.

According to Morris, the novel, which was complemented with class war-themed poetry, helped sensitize students to the experiences of young soldiers fighting in current conflicts.  

After reading the novel, the students used service-learning grant funds to purchase food and personal care items and send them with handwritten letters to the Marines unit of Corporal Andrew Cunha (Class of 2009), the brother of 11th-grader Nicole Cunha.

“Helping someone so close to home made me realize how doing something so small can have such a large impact,” said junior Shannon Weilert.