Students entering eighth grade at Luxemburg-Casco Middle School did a GREAT thing at the end of their last school year. GREAT as in the Gang Resistance Education and Training program led in Kewaunee County by Sherriff's Department Officer Becky Haltaufderheid. L-C Students collected supplies for American Soldiers serving in Afghanistan, and school supplies for Afghan children.
Officer Haltaufderheid—or just Officer Becky to the students—says classes held competitions to see who could bring the most supplies, and one girl, student council president Mikayla Srnka held a garage sale for the effort with surprising results.
Now, as Mikayla and the rest of the students head back to the books as eighth graders, they will have something to remember their hard work with -- photos of the supplies being handed over to their Afghan peers over 7,000 miles away.
Officer Becky says she first got the idea to send supplies so the students could assist Sergeant First Class John Engelking, son of former Kewaunee Deputy Craig Engelking.
Craig says his son reported back about receiving warm clothing, mainly socks and sweats to wear under fatigues, which have greatly help deal with the extreme cold conditions he and his comrades are put up against.
The Luxemburg-Casco students also received a combat flag from overseas as a thank you.