First-graders collect Treats for Troops

A lesson in selflessness and giving was in focus at Michael A. Maroun Elementary, as first-graders recently donated to the Treats for Troops effort.

Teachers, students and community members banded together to collect items for soldiers deployed overseas. They brought in personal hygiene items, granola bars, candy, snacks, games and other goods that were boxed up and shipped to troops for an anticipated Easter delivery.

“Words can’t describe how proud I am of our community,” said first-grade teacher Carrie Spoto, who helped coordinate the collection effort. “I couldn’t believe the amount of stuff that came in. It’s such a good way to give back and let our troops know we are thinking of them and that we are grateful for their service.”

Sharing in that gratitude was PCSD’s Director of Curriculum Stacie Shaffer, who served in the Middle East as a member of the US Air Force. Shaffer thanked the students for their donations and told them that their actions will have a significant impact on the recipients.

“Some of the things that you have been so gracious to provide, you can’t find over there,” Shaffer said. “You are helping people who are helping people. I’ve reached out to some of my friends who are serving overseas, and they’re excited that you are thinking of them. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.”