A group of soldiers participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom have received a little bit of America in a box.
The gift came from the University of Cincinnati athletic department, which sent care packages to Airman Kevin Simonson and fellow soldiers in Kuwait.
Simonson's sister, Amy Simonson, coordinated the event. She is assistant women's soccer coach at UC.
"When the athletic department was asked to help our United States soldiers, the response was great," she said.
Bob Goin, athletic director, contributed stationery, stamps and magazines. Other coaches and employees brought in items for a total of five care packages.
Amy Simonson (right), UC's assistant women's soccer coach, and Ann Orme, of the athletic department helped send packages to soldiers in Kuwait.|
(Tony Jones photo)
Airman Kevin Simonson is son of Craig and Mary Simonson of Glendale.
He said there is a whole new group of UC fans in Kuwait now.
Packages to Iraq
Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg, whose son just returned from Iraq, doesn't want other troops overseas to be forgotten.
He is asking people to send letters and packages. Mary Gregory, the sheriff's secretary, said she has names and addresses of troops not getting mail.
"Just call me at 732-7500," she said. "We have been getting outstanding response."
Food, clothes for needy
Students in Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates at Princeton High School collected 500 canned goods and nonperishable food items in a drive with the FreeStore/FoodBank.
Also, 17 ninth-graders in the program joined with the Cincinnati Drop Inn Center in a coat drive for the homeless, held Oct 13 through Nov. 14.
Academic All-Stars: Berger scores 4.0
Matthew Berger earned a 4.0 grade-point average and was named to the summer semester dean's list at Michigan State University. He is a senior communications digital media arts and technology major.
The Fairfield High School graduate is the son of Marleen and Gerry Berger of Fairfield.
Lech, Rogers honored
The University of Cincinnati has awarded the Pearl M. Wright Award from the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services to seniors Lorie Lech of North College Hill and Julia Rogers of Madeira. The award, in memory of UC alumna Wright, who dedicated 30 years to educating children in the community, can be used toward tuition, fees and living expenses.
Lech, a graduate of McAuley High School, will intern in a first-grade classroom at Oakdale Elementary School in Bridgetown this year.
Rogers, a Cincinnati Country Day School grad, is interning at Pleasant Run Elementary School.
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Behind The Badge
MIDDLETOWN - Middletown Police Sgt. Rodney Muterspaw recently graduated from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.
The 13-week course included study in organizational behavior, civil liability, managing performance and leadership. More than 55 police agencies were represented at the program. The most recent class was the 110th to complete the administrative officers course at the university.
The institute is considered one of the top police management centers in the country and has trained numerous police executives throughout the world.
Muterspaw, a 13-year veteran of the department, finished on the dean's list and was elected a class officer by his peers.
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