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Ryan Abusaa, Beverly House, Fran Keane, Sandra Hindsman, Alex Weisser, and Megan Alemon prepare Valentine’s Day goody boxes for St. Andrew’s alumni serving overseas.

“Caring for and looking after our troops has always been a part of my life,” senior Alex Weisser says. “My father is retired Army and he’s instilled in me a strong sense of the need to give back to our soldiers for all that they sacrifice for us. My career aspirations include attending a military academy and then serving in the armed forces. When it comes time for me to deploy, I would love to know that I have people back home who appreciate what I’m doing and are kind enough to send some gifts to lessen the hardships associated with being overseas.” From September through February, St. Andrew’s sent approximately 50 boxes of gifts and supplies to eight

alumni serving around the world, many in dangerous locations. St. Andrew’s teachers wrote notes of encouragement to their former students, and mobilized entire classes of Lower School students to write letters or make cards. Megan Alemon contributed handmade holiday decorations for a December mailing to Second Lieutenant Andrew Roach ’08, who was serving as a platoon commander in Afghanistan. The holiday mailing also included a small Christmas tree and a string of lights, and so many gifts that Lt. Roach was able to share them with the 60-plus men in his platoon. In an email to Keane, Lt. Roach described the impact of the St. Andrew’s gifts upon the homesick troops, writing:

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Archways 19 - Spring 2014  
Archways 19 - Spring 2014  

Archways is the flagship publication from St. Andrew's Episcopal School, an independent, coeducational, preparatory day school serving stude...