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For Educators

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Educator’s Packet

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Getting Started

1. Speak with administration for approval of participation in our outreach and use of the Teacher Guidelines and Parent Letter.  Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with a goal of encouraging servicemen and women who are deployed by sending care packages filled with food, hygiene items and letters of encouragement.

2. Review the Teacher Guidelines and Parent Letter.  Revise them as needed to represent the needs or requirements of your school and/or grade level.

3. Set up a location in your school for collection of letters and/or items.

4. Designate a contact person to deliver letters and items to a drop-off location or mail them to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. The drop-off locations are listed on the website at www.forgottensoldiers.org. The mailing address is:

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc.
3550 23rd Avenue South, Suite 7
Lake Worth, Florida  33461

5. When introducing the project to students, you may want to focus on these points:

a. You are involved in a service project where the goal is to encourage
soldiers who are deployed overseas.  Contents of letters need to be
uplifting, not about death or expressing any negative opinions.

b. Locate and/or research the countries where some of our soldiers are
deployed: Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Korea.  Please see the Educator
links in “Other Resources” on our website for information on these
countries.

6. Student project ideas:

  • Friendly letters
  • Poetry
  • Post cards
  • Greeting cards
  • Art work, no larger than 9×12

Teacher Guidelines

The purpose of the Forgotten Soldier Outreach, Inc. is to encourage the soldiers.  Please reinforce that with the students and discuss topics that could help lift the soldiers’ spirits. Any mention of death or negative comments on worldly events would not be appropriate.

Letters may be address as “Dear Soldier,” If you have received names of specific soldiers, please include their first and last names on their letters.

For their safety, do not have students include any identifiable information.  They may include their first name and initial of their last name. Please instruct your students to not give out their phone numbers, e-mail addresses or home addresses.  Students may describe some information about themselves, such as what school they go to, the grade they are in and what hobbies they have.

If you would like to receive correspondence from a soldier, I would recommend including a cover letter, letting the soldier know you received their name from FSO, Inc. and include your name and the school’s address as the return address.  You may also include your e-mail address, if you choose.

All soldier and student correspondence must be made with the teacher as the mediator in order to monitor what is written.  For example, if you receive an e-mail from a soldier you may conduct a ‘shared writing’ lesson where the students dictate their response as you type it.

Please proof read all letters for content appropriateness and make sure that the soldier’s first and last name is included.  Please do not submit letters in sealed envelopes since volunteers at Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. will also proof read the letters.

Please submit all letters and donated items to (please fill in name of contact person and/or location of drop-off box at your school.)

Sample Parent Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our class is participating in helping Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc., a not-for-profit organization whose focus is to encourage United States servicemen and women who are currently deployed in countries overseas.  This organization sends care packages to soldiers at least monthly, which includes friendly letters and items that they have requested.

Without taking a political standpoint, but rather an act of compassion, I would like the students to have the opportunity to help encourage these soldiers by writing letters and giving them gifts that they can use.

This is a great opportunity for students to use their writing skills.  All letters will be proof-read for content appropriateness by the teacher and volunteers at Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. Also, students are instructed to not give any personal or identifiable information.  They may give their first name and the first initial of their last name, while using the teacher’s name and school’s address as a return address.

Items will be collected for periodic donations to this outreach.  Attached is a list of some items the soldiers have requested.  You may also visit this website for more information: http://www.forgottensoldiers.org.

Thank you for your contribution.

Sincerely,

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Needed Items

Sweetened Kool-Aid (powdered)
Orange Gator-Aid (powdered)
Foiled packets of Tuna, Chicken, Meats
Letters of Encouragement
Cereal Bars
Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, Pepperoni Sticks
Phone Cards
AA Batteries
Sun Block (travel size)
White or Black Tube Socks
Deodorant (travel size)
Chap Stick
Baby Wipes (travel size)
Disposable Cameras
Dental Floss
Small Plastic Jars of Peanut Butter
Foot Powder (travel size)

For a more detailed and updated List of Current needs, please go to: Donation Items List _ Forgotten Soldiers Outreach

About Author: Lynelle

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is a non-profit organization that ships care packages filled with donated items and letters to the United States military men and women actively serving overseas.

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