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Leitersburg Ruritan, Smithsburg seventh-graders collect items for troops

November 28, 2011
  • Pictured with some of the items they collected for troops were, front row, Skylar Bare, Jason Smith, Cody Baker and Amber Dupree. Second row, Larry Myers, Smithsburg Middle School grade 7 teacher and Student Service Learning Coordinator; Ashley Dwyer, Emma Protsch, Kathy Edgel, Grade 7 Para Pro; and Brittany Bailey. Back row, Bruce Melton, Leitersburg Ruritan; Richard Gladhill, Jesse Prather, and John Perrygo, Leitersburg Ruritan.
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LEITERSBURG — More than 1,000 items were collected recently by seventh-graders at Smithsburg Middle School as part of a community service project honoring the military and its veterans.

It was a joint project with the Leitersburg Ruritan Club Citizenship and Patriotism Committee.  

The students packed 15, 20-pound boxes which were sent to a military police unit serving in Iraq.  

The boxes contained snacks, toiletries, puzzle books, a copy of The Herald-Mail, an American flag and other items.

Five large cases of items, which were too heavy or fragile to mail, were taken by the Leitersburg Ruritan Club to the Wounded Warrior Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The hospital was especially pleased to receive more than 200 magazines, as well as snacks and toiletries.  

The Smithsburg Middle seventh grade was awarded the Walter Reed Command Sergeant Major’s coin for their generosity and patriotism.

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