For its recent project, Bristow Middle's leadership class thought inside the box.

The Brentwood students recently paired up with local Operation Creekside to create 48 "morale" boxes filled with letters, snacks, candy and small gifts for soldiers stationed overseas.

Shawna Borba, journalism and leadership teacher, said the boxes are reaching the soldiers just in time for Thanksgiving.

"My leadership class asked the entire (student body), Brentwood Elementary Bulldog Club and Marsh Creek Elementary to trick-or-treat for a soldier," she said. "Students gave (us) all their hard candy. We received about 50 pounds of candy."

While the leadership club did the majority of the boxes, Bristow's journalism and yearbook classes pitched in, too.

Borba contacted Operation Creekside to tie in with a class lesson unit on "giving."

"We wanted to give back to a local charity," she said.

This is the first time Borba's class of 36 students has done this type of project.

"We felt we could help this worthy charity and maybe help breathe life and a new found interest into it," she said. "We filled the boxes with cards, baby wipes, hot sauce, crackers, Pop Tarts, drink mix and much more. And, two of my students saved up their money to be able to cover the cost of shipping their box."

The students were excited to help others, which obviously makes Borba proud. "I'm extremely happy that my students jumped on this challenge."

Operation Creekside sends about 15 care packages a month to deployed men and women of the U.S. military. Led by senior pastor Scott Kirk, the program is run out of Brentwood's Creekside Christian Church. For more information on how you can help, call 925-260-5423 or email info@operationcreekside.org

SOUP'S ON: Laurel School Library is once again sponsoring its canned soup drive to donate to a local community food organization. Students, families and residents can bring their cans to the Oakley library through the end of this month. Items will be given to Oakley families in need. The school has participated in this project for the past several years. For more information, call 925-625-7090.

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