Carson City-Crystal classrooms learn how to adopt a soldier

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 3:28 pm on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fourth through ninth graders at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools listened to a presentation on Thursday about adopting a soldier. Christina Webster answered questions the students had about the adoptions.

CARSON CITY — Students in fourth through ninth grades at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools received a presentation on how each classroom could adopt a soldier for the holidays.
On Thursday, the school invited Christina Webster to the school to discuss the Adopt A Soldier program.
Webster began getting involved with the program at her job in 2005 and has remained with the program personally since.
She told the students that each classroom had the option of adopting a soldier and students would get a chance to send the soldier items.
“This is our first year doing this,” said Julie Anderson, AmeriCorp Vista coordinator.
She heard about other schools adopting soldiers and ran the idea by the teachers for their input.
“A lot of teachers were interested,” Anderson said.
The presentation to the students was to give them a better idea as to what it meant to adopt a soldier.
Webster asked the students a series of questions regarding activities that they have done. Questions included, have they gone camping in a tent without electronics or gone without their favorite food.
Webster then compared those camping experiences to what soldiers live like every day.
When a person, family or classroom has the chance to adopt a soldier, they get to send their soldiers some of that stuff like their favorite foods.
To this day, Webster said the organization has sent nearly 15,000 pounds of items to the soldiers.
Webster told the students that soldiers really appreciate receiving the packages and letters and it shows how people back hope appreciate them.
She also told the students just because one box is being sent to one soldier does not mean that soldier won’t share with others.
“They look out for each other,” Webster said.
Anderson said the reason it is important for the students to learn and know about adopting a soldier is to teach them service.
“They learn to come together for the community and the school to serve, and in this case, serve our troops,” she said.

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