Parkway Elementary School second graders participated in a special event that highlighted the season of giving, the Cookies for Troops event.

Second graders packaged hundreds of cookies and created holiday cards for soldiers currently deployed overseas. Additional cards were created by other Parkway students.

Cookies were donated by second grade families and Parkway staff, and some cookies were baked personally by the students themselves in the Parkway cafeteria. Throughout the project students could be overheard saying how they hoped the cookies and cards would make the soldiers smile and bring them holiday spirit even though they can’t come home.

The donation of four large boxes full of cookies as well as over 150 cards was donated to Operation Yellow Ribbon, an organization out of South Jersey that mails care packages to troops deployed overseas. Operation Yellow Ribbon also organizes welcome home celebrations when soldiers return to New Jersey.