December 21, 2007 — The Emmott Elementary School Student Council collected a total of 2,058 pencils during its fall pencil drive for children in the Middle East.
The pencils will be mailed to U.S. soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division, Echo Company, of the 94th Brigade Support Battalion, currently stationed at Forward Operating Base Falcon near Baghdad. The soldiers will distribute the pencils to Iraqi children who are in desperate need of school supplies.
Emmott connected to the company through Sgt. Heath Turner, the son of Emmott paraprofessional Beatrice Turner. Turner is under the command of Capt. Brian J. Welch, who visited the Emmott Boy Scout Troop in October to show appreciation for their support of the company.
“There are many children in our area, and this will be a great outreach project,” Cpt. Welch told Turner in an e-mail.
Emmott principal Mary Ann Smith said the pencil-giving effort showed that the students are “Eagles in Action.”
“At Emmott, we believe in service to others, and what better way than children helping other children to have the supplies needed for their education,” Smith said.
Sgt. Heath Turner and Capt. Brian J. Welch meet with Emmott Elementary School Student Council Officer Cole Peterson during a November visit to the school. Emmott Student Council members collected more than 2,000 pencils to send to Capt. Welch’s company, who will then distribute them to Iraqi students for use in the classroom.
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