Remarkable Student Life Experiences
One-thousand U.S. marines at Camp Lejeune are about to receive special care packages from the Country Day freshman class. Before they are deployed, the service men and women will find all the basic necessities in the care packages. They’ll also find something much more meaningful inside their bags: lovely handwritten notes and illustrations from Country Day students of all ages.
As part of Community Service Day during Spirit Week, the freshman class undertook this special project for the second year in a row. Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Pappas, who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, told the students, “When you are overseas fighting, the good things in life are food and mail—and sometimes the food isn’t that great! You get sad and homesick. I personally was the recipient of a care package when I was abroad, and I’m here to tell you that it can turn your whole week around to get one of these. Today you are not simply going through the motions. What you are doing today truly matters.”
Members of Country Day’s Military Appreciation Club (MAC) directed the Class of 2018 through assembly lines as they filled the care packages. Everyone also spent time writing special thank-you notes to the troops, complete with patriotic stickers, colorful illustrations, funny jokes, and even Panthers football predictions. As they wrote their letters, guests from the military joined them at their tables to talk about their experiences abroad and to give them a bit of writing inspiration.
“We’ve worked really hard planning this together with the USO and Bank of America and with our community service director, Ms. Lanzel,” said Peter Pittroff ’17, vice president of MAC. “Last year we filled 700 bags and today we’re doing 1,000. It’s great to see that we can do so much more this year. I want to see it keep getting bigger.”
Bank of America currently has 7,000 employees who are veterans. They donated the funds for all of the goodies. “This is a fantastic opportunity and it lets all of us give back in a real and tangible way,” said Bank of America’s Will Manning, who worked with MAC to make this project happen.
Michael Krupa ’17, president of MAC, smiled as he saw the care packages being boxed up for Camp Lejeune. “Showing you care means so much to our servicemen and women abroad. Today is not about us—it’s all about service.”