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EarlyAct Youth Think of Soldiers

EarlyAct students made over 2 dozen cards to send overseas.
EarlyAct students made over 2 dozen cards to send overseas.

The North Reading Community EarlyAct Club is happy to announce the completion its first project earlier this month. 

“Being our first project, we wanted the kids to participate in something tangible,” explained Youth Services Director Amy Luckiewicz. 

“Everyone on the team quickly decided we should do something for active duty military overseas.” 

The group of 15 students, grades 3-5 met and hand-made over 25 thank you cards for troops. Kids were encouraged to include messages of hope, thanks, and what life is like here in North Reading. 

During the project, the group also welcomed Susan Magner, Director of Veterans Services for North Reading. Magner spoke to the kids about her job and what life was like for her when she was in the military and away from home. 

She explained, “For me, I was only in California and I missed my family like crazy. Imagine what it must be like for our soldiers who are much farther away.” Luckiewicz continued, “Sue’s presentation got the kids thinking about what to write. Lots of the cards highlighted specific activities, but all of the messages included a unique thankful message. It was really great to see the kids put so much effort into it.” 

The cards were quickly packed up and mailed to Hugs for Soldiers, an organization which will then send them onto active duty stations overseas. “As soon as we finished, the kids wanted to know what else we could do for our military.” Luckiewicz concluded, “The kids were so into it that we have decided to something for our local veterans in May to honor Memorial Day.”

About the North Reading Community EarlyAct Club
The club is designed for students grades 3-5, representing all schools in North Reading. Based on a Rotary International model, the projects and meetings focus on the values of gratitude, community, leadership, commitment, and inclusion. The club meets twice per month to plan and implement a local or international humanitarian project. Initiated just this past March, the group was formed by 4 parent volunteers: Sandy Garniss, Samantha Miller, Karen Buscemi, and Leslie Schultz in partnership with North Reading Rotary Club’s Peter Majane and Director of Youth Services Amy Luckiewicz. For more information on the North Reading Community EarlyAct Club or its sister club at North Reading Middle School, email NRearlyact@yahoo.com or call Amy at 978.357.5281.

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