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Minnesota National Guard
La Salle students gather gifts for Afghan school

Reading Eagle: Tim Leedy 
Students at La Salle Academy in Shillington with items donated to a school in Afghanistan From left, Jack Anton, 12, seventh grade; Julia Ferreira, 8, third; Josh Rollins, 10, fourth; Mitchell Rollins, 12, seventh; and Tim Rosenhoover, 13, seventh
As students arrived at La Salle Academy on Friday, many dropped small items into boxes set up in the school lobby

Children brought coloring books, notebooks, pencils and other items

La Salle, a pre-K through eighth-grade Catholic school in Shillington, is collecting donations for a school in Chemtal, Afghanistan

Donations from La Salle will be shipped to the Operational Mentoring Liaison Team, made up of 13 troops from the Minnesota Army National Guard and 15 soldiers from the Croatian Army Croatia is part of the former Yugoslavia

In January, the Soldiers will take the items to an Afghan school in Chemtal, which is about 15 minutes west of the military camp

It's part of an effort by Soldiers to gain the trust and support of the local Hasara population in the fight against the Tajik and Pashto insurgents

"We're always looking for service opportunities," said Diane E Rollins, a La Salle parent and a PTO member "And it's so appropriate for the kids because it's other kids and it's Christmas"

A notice went home with the students last week and they began bringing items in the next day More than 100 items had been collected by late in the week

"La Salle students are very service-oriented," Principal Patti Fisher said "We are so blessed to have such giving children and parents"

La Salle became involved in the project when a parent with military ties received an e-mail about the troops' efforts The parent contacted Rollins, and they decided to proceed, with Fisher's support

Rollins said the troops will send e-mails and photos to La Salle of the gifts being delivered

Contact Greta Cuyler: 610-371-5042 or gcuyler@readingeaglecom
Greta Cuyler 
Reading Eagle
Originally Published: 12/13/2010

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