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John Wilson Young Middle School Students Adopt A Soldier

Photos courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point School District

John Wilson Young Middle School students in the Bayport-Blue Point School District collected food and hygiene items for Long Island veterans serving oversees. The initiative is called Adopt a Soldier, and the generosity of the students and the community helped to fill the school entranceway with delicious nonperishable foods, holiday candy and items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, mouth wash and soap.

John Wilson Young Middle School Students Adopt A Soldier

Right, Danielle Parnell, whose husband is a U.S. Army Sergeant oversees, collected food and hygiene items from James Wilson Young Middle School student council members (l-r) Charlotte J. (vice president), Jhanvi P. (secretary), Eric S. (treasurer), Principal John Andruszkiewicz, Michael K. (sixth grade helper) and Jacob W. (president).

Principal John Andruszkiewicz explained that the items were collected in honor of U.S. Army Sergeant Sean Parnell, whose wife Danielle Parnell was a former student. Mrs. Parnell showed student council members, who assisted in organizing the collection, photos of her husband in a helicopter and with his unit.

John Wilson Young Middle School Students Adopt A Soldier

U.S. Army Sergeant Sean Parnell is pictured in a helicopter on duty oversees.

“I want to thank you,” Mrs. Parnell said. “These are real people who can use a hug over there.”

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