Sixth graders in the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District recently were made aware of a local man, PFC E3 Lynn Weaver Jr., who is a 2010 graduate of OECS and stationed overseas in the Army. PFC Weaver is the son of Lynn and Nancy Weaver of Dolgeville. OESJ Teachers’ Aide, Alma Getman, coordinated the effort between the family and Brenda Waterbury, OESJ reading teacher, and the idea to send PFC Weaver and his fellow soldiers care packages for the holidays was born.
The students and their teachers sent out emails and flyers asking for donations of non-perishable snacks, drink mixes and hygiene products. They also coordinated a school wide “camo” day. Every student in the school who wore camouflage clothing paid $1. They raised over $200 and were able to use the money to pay for the postage to send the packages to PFC Weaver for him to distribute. The sixth graders assembled the care packages on November 25. The final total that was sent to the troops was 109 packages of snacks and 32 packages of hygiene products.
PFC Weaver will be returning to the area in the coming months. He has promised to pay the students a visit to personally thank them for their efforts.
Above: Hunter Hickey, Alexis Mumford, Brynn Fredericks and Madisyn Schell assemble packages.
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