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      Eisenhower alumnus thanks students for care packages sent to Afghanistan

      In December, the students at Eisenhower Elementary School sent 16 care packages stuffed with treats from home overseas to a soldier stationed in Afghanistan.

      Private First Class Joel Curtis is an Eisenhower alumnus and he received the packages during his nine-month tour in Afghanistan. While home on leave for two weeks, Private Curtis visited his old school Thursday to thank the students for their project.

      "Well, I'm here because all these kids decided to go ahead and send me packages and it was probably one of the best things to happen to me in Afghanistan," Private Curtis said. "I got to divvy it out with everybody and everybody was really happy to have it."

      For Eisenhower's current students, the project teaches a lesson in giving back and shows the students how global a community can be.

      "It was just that whole sense of this was a former student, it could be one of us someday," said Deb Cook, Principal at Eisenhower Elementary. "Just that whole giving back and making someone's live very happy when they're overseas protecting us and doing what they need to do to keep us safe."

      Private Curtis spoke to several classes at Eisenhower Thursday, telling them a little bit about what he did on sentry duty in Afghanistan and showed them pictures from where he was stationed. He is returning to a base in Washington State on Saturday.

      Last December was the fifth time, the Eisenhower student council has done this project.