Thompson students aid soldiers overseas

Thompson Intermediate School students recently helped bring a more joyous Christmas to American soldiers fighting abroad.

The school partnered with State Farm Insurance to ship boxes of snacks, toiletries and other gifts to U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holiday season.

Through the project, the Thompson Intermediate School Gifted Department sponsored a gift-in-a-box program, during which students and State Farm employees donated the items to send to the soldiers.

The school donated more than 70 boxes of items to ship overseas, and made daily announcements, created posters and distributed flyers to promote the project.

After the students collected the items, State Farm funded the postage to send the boxes to the Middle East.

“The success of the project is credited to the joint efforts of Thompson Intermediate School families, the Thompson Intermediate School Gifted Department and State Farm employees,” Thompson Intermediate School Special Services teacher Rita Sparks wrote in an e-mail.