Kindergartners collect items for veterans

CORTLAND — Lakeview Elementary School kindergarteners joined Trumbull Career and Technical Center students to collect items for helping veterans served by the Youngstown VA Clinic.

Cara DeToro, a teacher at TCTC, said she was inspired by a discussion about Veterans Day, as kindergarten students in Jill Lisner’s class at Lakeview Elementary worked with Air Force Junior ROTC students at TCTC to hold a food drive and donate collected non-perishable items to the Youngstown VA Clinic.

She said the clinic will provide the items to the more than 100 veterans they serve.

The 25-member kindergarten class made posters and a video to help promote the event at TCTC. They also brought in non-perishable food items to donate.

Caden Barone, TCTC Air Force JRROTC with the help of his classmates and instructors, MSgt Kelley Kibbey and Lt. Col John Miller coordinated the collection effort at TCTC.

On Friday, during a Veterans Day ceremony, Barone and AFJRROTC students Noah Monahan and Ollie’Osha Daniels, a senior, visited Lisner’s class to present students with an update of what has been collected and showed them how their effort made a difference in the lives of local veterans.

Lisner said the students were brainstorming ideas to how to collect items and suggested donations standing outside WalMart Store with cans.

“Some of their ideas were amazing. They donated for their piggybanks.  It was so wonderful how they wanted to help,”  Lisner said.

She said the students were excited the older students wanted to partner with them in the effort.

Lisner said more than 500 canned good and non-perishables will be delivered.

DeToro said TCTC students set up tables at school for students to bring items at lunch.

“My room looked like a grocery store with all the items. We were so glad you wanted to help so we wanted to help you,” DeToro said to the kindergartners..

Caden Barone, a TCTC student from Mathews, said ROTC students do a lot of community service to help the local community.

More than 500 items were collected in four days at TCTC and Lakeview Elementary.

Lisner said the VA clinic serves 110 families per week and expects that to increase during the winter months.

She said some students in her class have parents serving in the military.

Lisner said students learn from projects like this, and came up with many different ideas such as writing letters to people to donate.