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Community rallying behind ‘Supplies for Soldiers’ effort

Barb Bushey, a job coach with the Northeastern Clinton Central School District, helps pack boxes for her son’s U.S. Army unit, serving overseas. Donations from a now ongoing supply drive at the school are being sent on a monthly basis. For more information, search “Supplies for Soldiers” on Facebook.

Barb Bushey, a job coach with the Northeastern Clinton Central School District, helps pack boxes for her son’s U.S. Army unit, serving overseas. Donations from a now ongoing supply drive at the school are being sent on a monthly basis. For more information, search “Supplies for Soldiers” on Facebook. Photo provided

— Journalism teacher Jessica Ellithorpe has taken the project a step further by having her students write to the soldiers overseas, giving them a sense that people back home are keeping them in their thoughts. The interaction is something Ellithorpe looks forward to, she added.

“I think this is great because often teenagers are given a bad rap, but the truth is so many of them do care about things like this,” said Ellithorpe. “The great thing about [Supplies for Soldiers] is it gives them something to think about bigger than themselves.”

The process will also involve Ellithorpe’s students asking the soldiers to explain the conditions they’re living in, she said.

“It’s giving [the students] more of a perspective of the human side of war,” said Ellithorpe.

That interaction and the continued support of Supplies for Soldiers is something McFetridge was hoping to see through the project, she said.

“It’s rewarding to realize that people really do care and they do want to make life a little bit easier for people who are donating their time for our country,” said McFetridge.

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