NHP students send books to soldiers

NHP students send books to soldiers

As a way to support the troops overseas, New Hyde Park English teacher Scott Colvin and his period two 8A students participated in the Books For Soldiers project this spring. After reading such works as “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and “The Outsiders,” during the 2012-2013 school year, Colvin wanted to find a way for the students to connect to the major themes of these works. 

The research project he conducted asked for students to write a paper to the theme of, “Pay it Forward.” 

Along with conducting a complete research paper, students were asked to write about their experience after completing a series of assignments where they had to conduct random acts of kindness. The culmination of the literature and research project was to obtain various items to donate to American soldiers fighting overseas. 

The Books For Soldiers campaign (booksforsoldiers.com) matches American citizens willing to collect and send donations with soldiers who request items to make their lives a little more comfortable. 

Colvin’s class collected enough items to send five boxes to three different troops. They donated things such as new socks, batteries, chapstick, sunglasses, toothpaste and soap along with some requested snack items such as cereal bars and breakfast drinks. 

“The students really took ownership of this project,” Colvin said. “I think they learned some valuable lessons about the power of helping others, while also feeling a sense of pride from knowing they made a difference to so many soldiers.”

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