BHS Student Civic

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On Thursday, December 16th, members of BHS Student Civic participated to make the holidays a bit happier for others. Nick Broughton, Jeanne Lavalley, Ashley Ambrico, Desirree Pendleton, Jenny Park, Amanda Arnold, Carley Okula and Laura Coletta decorated pre-printed holiday cards to be sent to troops overseas with our best wishes for a speedy and safe return home. Operation Gratitude http://www.opgratitude.com/ is a project that seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm's way. Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.

Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns and Donations of funds for shipping expenses, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military in an active, hands-on manner.

Continuing the festivities, Laura Coletta and Carley Okula accompanied by advisor Ms. Rito trekked into Roosevelt for the annual Bethany House Holiday Party. Amid squeals of delight from the Bethany children, BHS Student Civic provided pizza, a vanilla-mousse cake, angel ornament crafts to decorate for their holiday tree and a cuddly stuffed bear for each child. Art supplies for the children and notepads for the mothers remained as additional gifts. After each child finished decorating their individual angel with color and glitter, they were led into the living room to choose their own stuffed bear much to their delight. After the gasps of joy, whirling and jumping subsided, the evening ended with the children hugging their bears as they obediently marched upstairs to bed, but not without sixteen little voices of "thank you" and the appreciation of thirteen moms making everyone's holiday just a bit brighter.