EHS Clubs sponsor Patriot Project for local servicemen

From Staff Reports

   In March 2003, U.S. soldiers were deployed to Iraq. Since that time, several Elizabethton soldiers have served in Iraq, while others have been deployed to serve elsewhere in support of the Iraqi Freedom campaign.
   Presently, three Elizabethton High graduates, who are prominent members of the community, are now serving overseas. They include Sgts. Patrick Johnson, Andy Wetzel and Brian Fraley.
   At Elizabethton High School, the Beta Club, the Junior Civitan Club, the Civinettes and the National Honor Society have joined together in "The Patriot Project" to encourage and motivate local soldiers. The goal of the project is to send as many care packages as possible to soldiers in Iraq and to remind them of home and of all the people who love and care about them.
   The clubs will be collecting items from March 26 through April 22. The clubs do not want to limit it to a school project, but would like to have the entire community involved. Each school in the Elizabethton School System will be collecting items, and the clubs would also like businesses and churches to be involved as well.
   Members of the clubs will be seeking permission to place boxes in local businesses and churches for the collection of items for the troops. A list of appropriate items will be posted on the boxes. Letters, greetings and pictures will also be sent to the soldiers.
   In addition, the Junior Civitan Club will be hosting a Coffee House on April 2 in the commons area of the high school from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live music, homemade desserts, and coffee will be provided for a $5 entrance fee. The profits will benefit the Patriot Project, and will go toward covering the cost of shipping the packages overseas. Also, some profits will go toward sending local representatives to the International Junior Civitan Convention.
   The community is invited to participate in the Coffee House as well as donating items to the Patriot Project boxes.