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Whitcomb students participate in Operation Uplink

From Clear Creek Independent School District

February 7, 2007

LEAGUE CITY –Students at Whitcomb Elementary School recently participated in Operation Uplink, a unique program that keeps military personnel and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones by providing them with a free phone card. Organized by the Student Council, students raised $1,209.46 to purchase 169 phone cards for the 147th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard out of Ellington Air Force Base.

“I can’t tell you enough how much that means to these brave men and women. On several occasions, I’ve had the opportunity to personally hand out Operation Uplink cards. There’s simply no way I can convey the excitement on a young face realizing that they’ll be able to talk to a spouse or child, or reach their parents at such an important time,” wrote Allen “Gunner” Kent, adjutant general of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, in a letter to the students of Whitcomb Elementary School.

The Whitcomb Elementary School students placed large jars for money collection in the cafeteria for the week leading up to Veterans Day and held a competition to see which grade could raise the most money. The Student Council asked students to bring pennies and spare change. As part of the event, students also compiled a list of all Veterans that were linked to the Whitcomb Elementary School family and the student council president read these names at the Veterans Day assembly.

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