Mrs. Robinson with her first grade class at Hillcrest School in Somerset, NJ, on March 4, 2010. The children were presented with Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon patches. The school faculty had donated cartons of goodies including Valentine's Day candy for our troops in Afghanistan.
The Hillcrest team with some of the goodies they collected for our troops.
First graders at Hillcrest School show some of their hand made stockings and messages for the troops. They are proud to support our troops and we are proud of them! Thanks Hillcrest!
Hillcrest School Somerset, NJ
The Team: Ofelia Cordero Melissa Dalere Despi Laverick Tina Robinson
On Thursday, March 4, 2010, faculty from the Hillcrest School in Somerset, NJ, donated Valentine's Day candy and other goodies to the Role 3 MMU hospital in Kandahar, AFG, as well as other units in AFG. When AaSP president Alan K picked up the goodies he also gave children in one of the first grade classes Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon patches.
On Friday, November 6, 2009, the Hillcrest School team dropped off a car load of goodies for our troops from its Caring Drive. On Monday, Nov. 9, 11 cartonswent out to 11 different units. Thanks Tina and the entire Hillcrest team, children and families!! Great stuff too!
In June 2009, the teachers and students of Somerset, NJ's Hillcrest School held another Caring Drive to collect goodies for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The care cartons will be sent in early July for these brave warriors. Special thanks to Mrs. Tina Robinson for continuing to keep our troops in the forefront of charitable activities at the school!
For Christmas 2008, the teachers and students held a Caring Drive to collect goodies for the 50th Chemical Company of the NJ ARNG. The 50th is based in an armory very close to the school and it's so meaningful for the teachers, students and families to know they are supporting local soldiers. Hillcrest School did a great job collecting donations and the cartons were shipped on Wednesday, November 26, 2008. They should get there in plenty of time for Christmas. Included in the cartons were paper stockings with kind messages from the 1st graders (with tasty candy canes attached).
The focus of the Caring Drive helps reinforce concepts taught not only in the Social Studies classes, but also in Language Arts and Writing as the children practice writing friendly letters to the soldiers.
In January 2008, the teachers and students held a "Treats for Troops" campaign to collect goodies for the NJ Army National Guard stationed in Afghanistan. The first grade children also made Valentine cards for the soldiers. The program was a huge success and six cartons of goodies were shipped on Monday, February 4, 2008, to our adoptee, MAJ Jamal B, and his unit of NJ soldiers. Thanks to all the children, the families, the teachers and to the local merchants who also contributed, including the Franklin Township ShopRite and Starbucks Coffee businesses. It's great to know our merchants are supporting our troops too! Thanks to Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Dalere and Mrs. Laverick for their hard work and patriotism! And thanks Rick for trucking everything up to us!
In December 2007, the teachers and students held a Caring Drive 2007 and collected eight cartons of goodies for our soldiers. These were dropped off on Monday, December 3, 2007. Special thanks to Tina and Rick for getting all these wonderful goodies to our offices.
The Caring Drive is the third to benefit our troops in the last three years. In the previous two years, the Caring Drive netted 15 care packages for a squad of Marines in Iraq and over 350 books and dozens of DVDs to numerous soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. The First Grade students have loved writing letters and making bookmarks to send to U.S. troops. They were excited to be visited by the team leader of a Marine squad so he could express his thanks for their efforts.
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon is grateful for the teacher and student efforts. Thanks gang!
Mrs. Despi Laverick, Mrs. Melissa Dalere, Mrs. Ofelia Cordero, and Mrs. Tina Robinson with some of the first graders are all smiles after the latest Caring Drive to collect goodies for US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mrs. Dalere (L) and Mrs. Robinson flank sign their first grade classes made for our troops. The students' smiles say it all. They were proud to send their best wishes to our brave men and women fighting in the Middle East.
Mrs. Despi Laverick, Mrs. Melissa Dalere, Mrs. Ofelia Cordero and Mrs. Tina Robinson organized and lead the Hillcrest School's Caring Drive for the NJ Army National Guard deployed to Iraq. Shown with them are some of the 1st graders who participated.
Rick Robinson drove about 2 1/2 hours through the rain to deliver cartons of goodies from Hillcrest School to the soldiers in the 50th Chemical Company. Rick is like many of our supporters who go way beyond the call of duty to make sure our soldiers have the special treats and love from home. It's this support that keeps their morale high, knowing they are not only serving their country, but have people who care about them back home, even strangers.
The Unilever facilities crew is always there to help when our supporters drop off donations. (L to R) Joe, Fidel and Tim have just helped unload and stacked the boxes from Rick's car.
For Valentine's Day, the first grade classes of Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Dalere and Mrs. Laverick of Somerset, NJ, Hillcrest School, collected goodies for the NJ Army National Guard in Afghanistan. Their program, called "Treats for Troops" was very successful and on Monday, February 4th, 2008, six cartons of treats were sent to our brave NJ warriors. Items included: Tic Tacs, Gum, Breakfast bars, snack packs of cookies, crackers, Cheezits, Goldfish, Lifesavers, Power Bars, nuts and trail mix, dried fruit, and Starbucks coffee. Thanks so much to the children of Hillcrest School (one class shown here with their Valentines, complete with a pack of gum in each!) for their time and special effort. Thanks also to their families. Additionally, several Franklin Township merchants showed great support, including the Somerset ShopRite and Starbucks Coffee! Thanks to all and thanks to Tina for coordinating this wonderful program for our troops!!!
Mrs. Dalere, Laverick and Robinson pose in front of goodies and paper stockings that will be going to Iraq from Hillcrest School.