Thursday, December 20, 2012


Students at Borel Middle School in San Mateo, California are making sure that U.S. troops stationed overseas are getting their share of holiday cheer.

Yesterday, Borel Assistant Principal Lana Fenech delivered 38 gift-wrapped boxes containing various goodies to San Mateo City Hall for delivery to troopers of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, which is currently stationed in Afghanistan.  The 101st Airborne Division is the adopted unit of the City of San Mateo.

According to Borel Middle School teacher Susan Goldfarb, over 90 students grades 6-8 were involved in a weeks-long project to make holiday cards, collect gifts, and wrap the boxes as part of a community service effort to share the holiday spirit with the young men and women serving our nation far from home.  The students involved the entire Borel Middle School community, including students, parents, and teachers to raise the money necessary to buy gifts for the 101st Airborne soldiers. 

“The best part of the process is to watch the students as they make the packages and realize that they are doing something special for our soldiers who are protecting our country around the world,” said Goldfarb. 

City of San Mateo employee will take the final step of mailing the packages to Afghanistan, where they will be distributed to the soldiers.

 The 101st Airborne Division, Alpha Company, 1/327 Infantry Regiment, the “Screaming Eagles” have been the adopted unit of the City of San Mateo since 1968.  Earlier this year, the unit visited San Mateo and marched in the Memorial Day parade in Downtown San Mateo.

San Mateo Mayor David Lim said, “I am so proud of the spirit of goodwill exhibited by the students of Borel Middle School.  Their generous display of appreciation for the men and women of the 101st Airborne shows us all the true meaning of the holiday season.” 

Gifts from Borel Middle School Students to the troops of the 101st Airborne Division sit in the
Mayor's Office at San Mateo City Hall.  Next stop:  Afghanistan!

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