Area School ‘Adopts’ Marine Unit
Children and parents at one Long Island school began a drive to collect candy bars, snacks, paperbacks, and other items to make life easier for 75 members of a Marine communications unit in Iraq.
Lawrence Woodmere Academy, an independent school in Woodmere, "adopted" the 6th Communications Battalion stationed at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, which left for Ku-wait on February 8.
According to teacher Victoria D’Angelone, drive coordinator, items being collected include flea collars to protect ankles from sand mites, moist towelletes and baby wipes because "troops can’t shower very often," sun block, insect repellant, pretzels, and even double "A" batteries for Marines’ CD players.
Children will enclose letters, jokes, and local sports stories to personalize the "care packages." The school will box the items in 75 individually addressed shoeboxes to be shipped to Iraq later this month.
Collection boxes are set up in the lobby of the school at 336 Woodmere Boulevard, Woodmere, for anyone who wishes to contribute. A list of requested items is available from the school.