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Tiogue students create care packages for troops

January 28, 2013

Students got the chance to pose for a picture with soldiers after the event Friday afternoon at Tiogue Elementary School. Jessica Boisclair. Kent County Daily Times.

COVENTRY— Members of the National Guard visited third and fourth grade students at Tiogue Elementary School on Friday to thank them for creating care packages for the 169th Military Police Company, currently serving in Afghanistan.

Principal Louise Seitsinger explained that the school wanted to help support the military children in the school.

She said right now Sgt. Dean Assalin, the father of third grader Melody and fourth grader Holly, is serving overseas with the 169th.

Sgt. Assalin’s wife Candice explained that this is the second deployment her husband has seen; his first was to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, and putting together care packages is a great way to show support for the troops.

Five soldiers from the National Guard spoke to the two classes about deployment and how the troops overseas really appreciate the care packages they receive.

Staff Sgt. Dean Coutre told the students that the temperature in Afghanistan mirrors Rhode Island’s during the winter months and that soldiers appreciate receiving packages with hand and feet warmers.

Other items that can be included in care packages are flavor packets for water, breakfast bars, beef jerky, trail mix, cashews, gum, Twizzlers, Chapstick, Icy Hot patches and pocket size Kleenex.

Third Grade Teacher Tara D’Aleno said she was able to get the Dunkin’ Donuts in West Greenwich to donate cups and lids to include in the packages as well.

She said she stuffed the cups with coffee K-cups, hot chocolate K-cups and ground coffee. Also, the students wrote letters to the soldiers and those were included in the cups as well.

She said anybody else wanting to donate must turn in their items by Feb. 1.

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