GCHS collects for troops

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By Camille McClanahan

Rain, sleet nor snow days will keep the Grant County High School National Honor Society from letting the Navy know they are appreciated.
The students, and their advisors, Kristie Northcutt and Emily Figueroa, challenged students in third hour classes, teachers and staff to bring in items, such as body wash, shampoo, dental floss, writing paper, binders and batteries, black pens and pencils.
“We asked them specifically what they needed,” Figueroa said. “Our hope was to collect before the holidays, but we didn’t get a chance to, because we had five snow days before the break. We decided it would be good to collect for Valentine’s day and then, we had more snow days. So, they are going to get it a little late, but we just figure that most people send for the Christmas holiday, but not necessarily after that.”
The  boxes will be sent to Naval Petty Officer 1st Class Kyle Conrad, who is a 1998 graduate of GCHS. He and his wife, Jenka and daughters, Taylor and Leah, are stationed in San Diego. When Conrad is deployed on the USS Sterett, he will be able to share these items with his comrades.
During a NHS meeting, members also made cards to send along with the items.
“I think it is really a great opportunity and a great way that we can help out,” student Daniel Miller said. “As students, we don’t always get to participate in bigger projects and this is something we can to at the school level.”
The students embraced the chance to support those who serve in the military and appreciate being able to connect with people from Grant County.
“A lot of people from around here go into the armed forces after they get out of high school and to be able to give back to them, kind of makes us feel like we’re a part of it,” said Andrea Sidener, treasurer of the NHS. “We can help them with having things from home and it lets them know that they’re remembered.”
Amy Franks’ third  hour Advanced Placement Spanish class won the contest for contributing the most items. In all, nine full packing boxes were shipped. The winning class was rewarded with an ice cream party.