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Central Freshman Campus Organizes Care Packages for Troops

November 30, 2006

Students and teachers at Central Freshman Campus have organized a school-wide collection of Christmas care packages to send to troops stationed overseas.

The effort began in October after teachers at the campus, led by special education teachers Maggie Middleton and Judith Stovall, put together two boxes of items to send to James Valadez, a fellow special education teacher at Central Freshman Campus currently serving in Egypt. Several students who had Coach Valadez offered to join the teachers in collecting additonal items for a Christmas care package for the teacher.

After receiving an encouraging letter from Valadez expressing how much the first two care packages meant to him and his troop, Middleton decided to begin a campaign to collect items not just for him, but for his entire troop of 100 soldiers. Coincidentally, the troop includes Joshua Torres whose brother is a student at Central Freshman Campus. The collection began two weeks before Thanksgiving and students and teachers collected and delivered a total of 14 care packages. Word of the effort made it to Texas State Representative-elect Drew Darby who offered to pay the $600 postage required to ship the boxes.

Valadez expressed his appreciation for the packages. "Your gifts of support came at a great time. Moral was begining to dwindle and frustration was setting in. Sometimes it seems like the world goes on and we are forgotten. Thank you all so much for all your gifts, prayers and support."

Thank you to all Central Freshman students and faculty who contributed to this effort.