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Special gift boxes

Clark Elementary students create the presents for local veterans

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published: December 24, 2016 5:00 AM
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CLARK -- Clark Elementary School students decided to create their own version of the Shoeboxes of Love project. Instead of sending gift boxes to orphans overseas, the students made boxes for military veterans living in a Holmes County Nursing Home.

"It was fun knowing we are helping out veterans who served our country," said fourth-grader Zac Craft.

Several fifth-grade students echoed the thoughts of Craft, but added their own ideas.

Zaylie Shultz said she enjoyed working together with her classmates putting the packages together.

"It was fun being able to help filling the boxes," said Allie McMillen.

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"I liked working together and helping the veterans, added Mia Serber-Emick.

Clark Principal Diana McMillen praised the efforts of the children.

"They did an awesome job, filling more than 40 boxes," McMillen said. "I am so proud of these kids for what they've done for the veterans."

The principal delivered the packages to Scenic Point Nursing Home in Millersburg on Friday.

The staff there will deliver the boxes to the residents on Christmas.

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"They were ecstatic to get the gift boxes," McMillen added.

The nursing home staff provided a list of low income veterans to the school and the kids did the rest.

"They gave us a list of veterans who have no extra income and we provided boxes of snacks," said Clark secretary Mary Gallion.

Each grade level was in charge of bringing in one thing to fill the boxes: Third grade brought crackers, fourth grade provided popcorn and fifth grade added pop.

Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or klynch@the-daily-record.com.


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