Pine Grove Middle School sends care packages, holiday cheer to deployed soldiers


On July 14, 2013, Vernon Fains, an art teacher at Pine Grove Middle School, said goodbye to his niece, Sgt. Latoya Miller. Miller was among nearly 30 women from the 1229th Transportation Company of Parkville whose deployment was in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

To thank these women for their courage and dedication, students in PGMS’s Communication and Learning Supports (CALS) program crafted greeting cards, designed gift bags and organized care packages for shipment overseas. The items sent in the handmade bags to the servicewomen were both functional and homely, ranging from soaps and shampoos to candies and gums.


The students also created handmade ornaments, which they sold during lunch periods to raise funds to cover the shipping costs of the gifts and care packages.

The PGMS students, faculty and staff involved in this project enjoyed the opportunity to share holiday cheer with loved ones in Afghanistan and are proud of the brave soldiers who fight for freedom each and every day.





Story and photos submitted by Dorienne Plait, English teacher and Good News Ambassador, Pine Grove Middle School. Story edited by Blake Lubinski, an intern in the BCPS Office of Communications.
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