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Special gifts for a soldier

Friday, December 12, 2008

Jackson Township Elementary students in Pam Fischer's second-grade class recently placed things in a box to be shipped to Afghanistan for a student's father. Students brought in items and made Christmas Cards. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
A father stationed in Afghanistan received some special Christmas gifts.

Pam Fischer's second-grade class at Jackson Township Elementary worked diligently to collect items Staff Sgt. Sean King, father of student DeSean King, could use while fighting over seas.

The students were given a list and brought in a variety of items ranging from socks to deodorant and beef jerky.

"Me and my dad are far away," DeSean said while pointing at their separate locations on the map.

Though DeSean is ready for his father to come home, he understands the job his dad is doing.

"My daddy is fighting to help the children in Afghanistan," he said. "I miss him, but I want him to stay there until the job is done."

Another student's mother is currently stationed on a base in Iraq, and Fischer admits to the challenges of explaining war and death to second-graders.

"It's hard, but they know about 9/11 and they understand," she said.

Fischer has been teaching the students about Iraq and Afghanistan in preparation for the box to be sent.

"They have learned that currently it is summer on that side of the world and it is very hot during the day," she said with a laugh. "They knew that it was so hot during the day and cold at night because of the lack of trees."

The most fascinating thing to Fischer is the children grasping and understanding some parents have to go to war to protect freedom.

DeSean King
"Even though the students were very young or not even born when Sept. 11, 2001, occured they still know what happened," she said. "They look at the world with innocence and they have taught things that no adult ever could."

One day the soldiers from overseas will come back home to their waiting families, especially the children like DeSean.

"When my daddy comes home," DeSean said, "I will say thank you and that I love him."

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I'm so glad that DeSean dad is over sea fighting for us and we will get our freedom fron the soldiers fighting for us. I'm so sad that DeSean doesn't get to see us dad. I pray every night that the soldiers come home alive and safe.

-- Posted by AmayaTsuki on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 4:02 PM

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