A lesson plan in community outreach

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 02:12 PM.

“The administration at the school has bent over backwards to support us,” Garcia said. “We’ve never met the soldiers we’ve adopted. We’ve seen each other on Facebook, so the kids can make that connection.”

When Ostrom mentioned to Garcia that the Semper Fi Sisters had a goal of packing and shipping 1,000 “Boxes of Love” – that number has grown astoundingly from 24 boxes the first year, over 300 the next, nearly 750 last year – Garcia was dumbfounded.

 “I wondered you have got to be kidding me. One thousand?” Garcia said.

Garcia perceived that cause as another opportunity for her ongoing lessons on citizenship. She rewards extra credit to her students based on what could be called community service.

“I give them those sorts of extra credit opportunities all the time,” Garcia said. “Everybody can participate. It is good them. Good for their insides, good for their character.”

Garcia proposed extra credit for collecting 100 pairs of socks to be donated to Semper Fi Sisters.

The socks were collected in mere days and Garcia points out that Mullen is hardly an affluent area of Nebraska. The nearest city of any size, the nearest Walmart, is over 70 miles away.

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