Concord Academy of Boyne

Each year, Concord students are encouraged to find a service opportunity to help others in need. Part of our Concord Creed for the months of November and December are unselfishness and generosity. We look for opportunities to practice these character traits, both to recognize them in others, and find them in ourselves.

Earlier this year, CAB Elementary students chose to make Christmas cards to brighten the holidays for a certain Air Force troop. The troop is led by Ms. Theile’s brother, Master Sargent (MS AF) Jamie Heinzelman. They are stationed in Kuwait, where they are completing an additional 6 month tour. While many supplies are provided, it’s not the same as having some of the items that they are used to from home. To make their Christmas a little more home-like, CAB 4th and 5th graders began to collect goods that they could receive, and it quickly became a school-wide effort.

Parents, staff, and students brought in items from a “wish list” provided by the men, and were able to ship 5 large boxes of Tim Horton’s coffee, popcorn, crackers, granola and protein bars, pretzels, and other snacks to them. K-5 students also made Christmas cards, wrote letters, and drew pictures for the troops, to remind them that they and their service are appreciated, and to wish them a Merry Christmas!

Through this service project, students were able to experience how the character traits in the Creed relate to everyday life, as well as thank a group of military officers for their service.

Rebekah Leist
Concord Academy Boyne