Warragamba students give care packages to troops

Warragamba Public School students have gone above and beyond to thank Australian troops for their service.

One year six class prepared 15 care packages which are sent to troops deployed on overseas operations ahead of Anzac Day.

Teacher Kyley Cleary said she found the initiative online and wanted to teach her students about the service of the Anzacs and current troops.

“I spoke to the students about the project and they were excited to get involved,” she said.

“I sent out a message to the parents and within a couple of days we had lots of donations.

“We only had a few days to get the packages together because they had to be given to the post office by Friday, April 6.

“I was blown away by support from parents. 

“The kids put together the packages and they wrote a letter to the troops.

“They also put a return envelope in the hope they receive a response.”

Donations included dried food, Tim Tams, toiletries, lip balm, shaving cream, deodorant and more.

Mrs Cleary said she talked with the students about the peace keeping operations Australian troops were deployed to do.

The students also learnt about the emotional toll the troops went through by being away from their families in order to keep Australia safe.

“The students are learning about worldwide events beyond Warragamba,” Mrs Cleary said.

“We have a lot of parents in the defence force.

“I wanted the students to acknowledge what those parents and all the other troops did for Australia.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the students and teachers for their effort.”

Mrs Cleary said the initiative was so successful that teachers would roll out the initiative across the whole school next time. 

“We hope to can put together a lot more packages,” she said.

Packages are sent to troops for Anzac Day and Christmas as part of the RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund.