Ashland Elementary School supports military families with care packages
Posted on 06/01/2018
Ashland ES Parent holding up his Hometown Heroes T-shirtThe proximity of several military bases makes Prince William County home for military families. While stationed here, the parents of many students are often deployed. Ashland Elementary School third-grade teacher Rachel Baxter and school counselor Sarah Leclercq created the Operation Hometown Heroes program to give students a chance to create and send special care packages to their parents serving overseas.

Baxter and Leclercq solicited the community for donations of snacks, toiletries, books, games and various other comfort items. The packages are assembled by the students, who include a letter to their parent and a few pieces of schoolwork. As a touching gesture, the packages also contain a T-shirt that says, “Half of my heart is at Ashland Elementary.”

“As a military wife myself, my son attends Ashland Elementary, and he doesn’t realize the difficulty of our lifestyle because of the positive school community we have for military families,” Baxter shared. “I wanted to support these students and show them that you are special, and we recognize you and your sacrifices.”

Ashland Elementary plans to continue this program next school year. If you are interested in donating items, please contact Rachel Baxter, baxterrj@pwcs.edu or Sarah Leclercq, leclersl@pwcs.edu.