Mastic Beach, NY - December 2nd, 2014 - William Floyd Middle School students and staff have partnered with the Blue Star Mothers to provide care packages for troops deployed overseas during the holiday season. The care packages contain personal care products, snacks and handwritten letters from students to show support and gratitude for the troops and all that they do. This partnership was made possible by Ann Ochoa, a William Floyd Middle School employee and Blue Star Mother, whose son, Corporal Anthony E. Ochoa Jr., USMC, is currently stationed at the Marine Corps Security Forces Battalion at the Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, Georgia.
“The students donated items and wrote personal letters to the soldiers in which they expressed their gratitude for the freedoms, rights and privileges that we all enjoy because of their dedication and bravery,” said Dr. Eugenia Jackolski, Assistant Principal, William Floyd Middle School. “The students hope that their letters and packages will let the soldiers know how much they are appreciated and will help them feel just a little bit closer to home during the holiday season.”
The Blue Star Mothers are part of a national non-profit that has been in existence since World War II, which is staffed completely by volunteers and supported exclusively by donations. As the moms of our military, they support each other and their families while their sons and daughters are serving to protect our country.
Pictured are students from Ms. Cindy Franck’s class at William Floyd Middle School with some of the items that they donated and their letters. Also pictured (top row, left) is Mrs. Ann Ochoa holding a picture of her son, Corporal Anthony E. Ochoa Jr., USMC, and Ms. Franck (top row, right).