Above and Beyond: Sparkman High School

Sparkman students prepare packages for soldiers.
Sparkman students prepare packages for soldiers.

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Popcorn, beef jerky, and oatmeal creme pies are certainly not the usual things found in a business management class.

However, the class in the business academy of Sparkman High School is taking on an unusual project.

"We asked them to 'raise your hand if someone in your immediate family or someone you know is in the military serving and has been overseas with our wars', and the majority of the students raised their hands," said teacher Beverly Massa.

So, Mrs. Massa and her students decided to combine business management principals along with a little social responsibility, and came up with a military outreach program.

"We thought it would be a good idea to, you know, send them some stuff that they need that they can't really get," said student Elizabeth Davis.

The students put together their own campaign to ask for donations to send care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly troops who had graduated from Sparkman High.

They didn't expect so much generosity to pour in.

"We were thinking maybe 10 or 15 boxes, and now we are up to 75," said Massa.

The boxes are filled with sweet treats, as well as items we sometimes take for granted. The students are also shipping at least 1000 personal letters to soldiers, letting them know that they are appreciated for their service.

"They are going through a lot of hard times, and everybody feels good when they kind of have something that helps them get through the day. I hope they enjoy it and come home safe," said student Brandon Spray.

That is how these future business leaders of Sparkman High School are going above and beyond.

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