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High school students send holiday care packages to airmen overseas

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By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

Students at North Star High School are getting into the Christmas spirit by sending some holiday treats to our U.S. Airmen overseas.

"Since they're away from home, they should get something because they're not with their families for the holiday,"Kaylee Swartz said. 

"Giving them a little piece of Nebraska will make them feel better," Taylor Louthan added.

"It's just a way to say thank you," Abby Croush said.

What started out as a student fundraiser spread a little further with help from Walmart, Sam's Club and Hyvee.

Friday, about 20 freshman geography students stuffed care packages with a variety of snacks and goodies.

Miss Nebraska teamed up with defensive coordinator John Papuchis to donate Husker memorabilia.

"It's all for a good cause, so it's great to see everyone cares," student Cody Schweitzer said.

"This year's definitely been a bonus," Master Sgt. Sarah Bredthauer said. "We've never had holiday packages that are supplied this plentiful."

It's all part of a school project in collaboration with Nebraskans for Civic Reform that aims to teach students the importance of civic responsibility.

Teacher Liz Carranya–Rodriguez said she hopes her students will continue to be involved in the community even after the project is completed.

"Really empowers students that they realize that they can look beyond themselves," Carranya–Rodriguez said. "And that they can actually contribute to the community in some way, shape or form, and that they're not doing it alone."

The care packages will be sent out before Tuesday, and should make it to the airmen in time for the holidays.

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