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Middle School's Military Mailroom Club Initiatives Support Soliders Abroad

The Middle School of Plainville's Military Mailroom currently has a number of initiatives underway in support of the military, according to club advisor Christina Corvello. "For the past four years, dedicated students have joined the Military Mailroom to warmly support deployed soldiers from Connecticut, many of whom are friends and family members from our own Plainville community. The work of each club member, past and present, has made a difference in the lives of many soldiers and I am so proud of their hard work," said Corvello.

A primary focus of the club members is writing letters to deployed soldiers from Connecticut. The group began the school year with correspondence to Sergeant Jae Min Yandow, an army medic stationed in Afghanistan. Sergeant Yandow is expected back to the United States in January and is the brother of Leanne Gmeindl, a reading teacher at the middle school. Beginning this month, the club will be writing pen pal letters to First Sergeant Paul Vicinus and Sergeant Peter Phelan, both in the Connecticut National Guard, who will be deployed to Afghanistan. First Sergeant Vicinus is the father of Jacob Vicinus, a sixth grader at the middle school. In November, the middle school and Military Mailroom Club held a celebration for First Sergeant Vicinus. Club members contributed to the special event with patriotic decorating, refreshments, and a question and answer session to get to know their new pen pal. Sergeant Phelan, is currently on his second tour to Afghanistan. During his first tour, he spent a great deal of time writing thoughtful letters to the students in the club. Club members are looking forward to supporting these two soldiers throughout the year with letters, cards, packages, phone calls and web cam visits.

Through December and January, the Military Mailroom club will be kicking off Operation Love Your Nation. As part of this initiative, the group will be collecting entertainment items to send to the soldiers deployed to remote bases in Afghanistan. Entertainment items such as DVDs, CDs, cameras, IPods, game systems like X-box 360, hand held games and other electronic devices are highly prized recreational activities to help remind soldiers of home. All students who donate to this fundraiser will be invited to a special meeting with Sergeant Yandow, when he returns to the United States in January.

"Both Ms. Corvello and the students should know how admirable their work is. All of us at MSP are proud of their efforts to provide some small measure of comfort to our soldiers abroad," noted Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.

For more information about the Military Mailroom's Operation Love Your Nation initiative, you may contact Christina Corvello at: (860) 793-3250 ext. 1212 or via email at:

-Posted on December 15, 2009 at 02:52 PM

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