A giver: Collected donations of toiletries and cash to create care packages for local troops serving in Iraq. Took packages to Fort Lewis, where they will be shipped out with the next brigade.
Honoring the past: One man gave $250 in cash. “He just said it was a really good cause and he was a veteran of World War II.”
Quite the haul: In all, nine boxes containing mouthwash, deodorant, lip balm, Vaseline, shampoo, soap, razors, tampons, candy and toothpaste.
And in return: Received a certificate of appreciation, two MREs (meals ready to eat) and a Stryker Brigade Combat Team symbol – only the second to get the new, specially minted coin used to boost morale and show affiliation with a unit. Hasn’t tried the beefsteak MRE yet. “I don’t plan to, either.”
Not the only one: Effort was unique among his classroom’s “Make A Difference Day” projects. “I wanted to help people since I can’t be there (in Iraq) to help them, like fight. I wanted to make sure they had all they need.”
When not doing good works: Likes to play basketball and football, reads Harry Potter books and sports magazines, and builds and launches rockets with his dad.
Heroes: Include his grandfather “because when I go over to his house he always has special things to do and has presents and makes the best hamburgers I’ve ever tasted.”
When he grows up: Considering law, inspired by TV shows he watches with his mom, like “Law and Order.”
Siblings: Has a 2-year-old sister and 9-year-old brother. Also has foster siblings because of his mom’s work with foster care. Gets along with younger brother most of the time. “Actually, he beats up on me because I know if I beat on him my mom will kill me. So I let him think he wins.”
Learning: Fractions, multiplication and writing skills so far. Likes math because dad taught him some multiplication and division when younger “so it’s really easy for me.”
Favorite recess activity: “There’s an undercover area and a corner that nobody goes by. So me and my friend go there and talk all recess – just football, sports and that kind of stuff.”
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