Students from the Black Elementary School Bearkat Kouncil recently packed 75 care packages for the nonprofit organization Cypress Cares, which were then sent to an Army platoon serving overseas.
In the spring semester, Cypress Cares – an organization dedicated to providing community support to U.S. military personnel serving in harm’s way – reached out to Black Elementary School with the opportunity to support the troops by collecting items, making cards and posters and writing words of encouragement.
Fifth-grade teacher and Bearkat Kouncil sponsor Jeanne Bertrand organized the care package effort, which resulted in the platoon of a Cypress Creek High School graduate stationed in Khilagay, Afghanistan, receiving the gifts and well-wishes.
The Cypress Creek graduate, 1LT Travis Fielder, recently wrote a thank-you letter to Black Elementary, complete with a photo of the soldiers with their care packages and a “Wall of Appreciation” that the platoon created with the cards and notes from Black Elementary students.
“We’re all still shocked with the amount of time and effort you all put forth to make us much more comfortable and proud to continue doing what we do,” 1LT Fielder said in the letter.
Bertrand thanked everyone who made donations or helped out with the service project.
“Yet another successful service project at Black Elementary was completed, compliments of the generosity of Black Elementary families and staff,” Bertrand said.