Stars shine on troops with care packages

By Jeannie Lopez

Students from the Stars After School Program organized a "Support Our Troops Drive."

The students are committed to try to collect at least 1,000 items to send off to the troops in Iraq.

The Support Our Troops Drive was created as part of the Stars involvement in the character development program called "Start Something." One of the things that Start Something focuses on is how to get students involved in becoming leaders and mentors in the community through service-learning projects, Star students from Lincoln Elementary in Lindsay decided for their project this year they would have a Support Our Troops Drive.

For days now the students have been doing various activities for the Support Our Troops Drive. They have collected items from home, packaged them and made them ready to be sent to Iraq. The students have also written a letter to their parents asking them to donate items to the drive.

Other activities they have been involved in are tying numerous yellow ribbons on the trees surrounding their school, creating yellow ribbon posters that read "Support Our Troops" and recycling cans to pay for the shipping costs of the items.

The Stars students are asking the community for help by donating items during the drive from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at Lincoln Elementary located at 581 N. Stanford Ave. in Lindsay. These items will be put into care packages for troops everyday items we take for granted. Items needed are listed on side bar.

Stars is an after school program that provides tutoring, homework time and different learning centers based on language arts and mathematics for the students. The Stars program gets students involved in group projects and daily activities. The program is staffed with qualified instructors who work closely with the school staff to develop an enrichment program for the needs of the students and their educational experience.

For more information on the Stars program call Stacy Reeves at 562-3081.

The "Start Something" program was developed by the Tiger Woods Foundation and Target Corporation. The program targets children 8-17 years of age and its purpose is to help young people across the United Sates strive to become persons of character with a strong set of core values. The program seeks to further inspire and guide youth to attain their dreams and goals one step at a time. Start Something also, wants to communicate to youth that through hard work and belief, achieving goals and dreams is possible.

For more information on the "Start Something" program go to http://startsomething.target.com

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