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Students at one area school have been collecting school supplies to send to needy children in a war zone on the other side of the world. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.
Earlier this year, a military chaplain in Baghdad asked Springfield humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope for help: the children in Baghdad, he said, were without even the most basic school supplies.
Convoy of Hope partnered up with Rountree Elementary School to collect the supplies.
First grade teacher Helen Williams is overseeing the project. She introduced the idea to the schoolchildren by showing them a map of the world, and another map of the Middle East. She explained that the Iraqi children are living in a war zone, and that it affects their everyday lives.
One of her students, Megan Dempsey, age seven, took that message to heart, and put herself in the shoes of a young Iraqi student. She said it would be difficult to learn without the proper school supplies.
For another Rountree student, 11-year-old Whytney Clay, the effort to help aid the children in Iraq hit close to home. She said her stepfather is overseas with the military in Iraq.
Clay says she donated 50 boxes of crayons.
The school says it still needs pens and pencil sharpeners. Convoy of Hope plans to pick up the donated items this Thursday before sending them on their way to Baghdad.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.