New program sends treats to overseas troops

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Nov. 15, 2011
Dan Arkins, a local soldier currently stationed in Afghanistan, will benefit from the Treats for Troops initiative being organized through Gilead Hill School. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Christopher Lapsis, a second grade teacher at Gilead Hill School in Hebron, was looking for a way to make Veterans Day a little more meaningful for students in kindergarten through second grade. The town’s other school, Hebron Elementary (which includes grades three through six), has a tradition of inviting local veterans in to speak to students, and holds a Veterans Day observance ceremony in the school auditorium every year.

“My wife came across an article in ‘Women’s Day’ magazine and shared it with me,” said Lapsis. Treats for Troops, started this year at the school, collects leftover candy to send to troops overseas. Coincidentally, Halloween in Hebron was postponed this year due to a freak October snowstorm, so many Hebron households were left with extra candy. “Parents have responded very positively,” said Lapsis. “They are happy to get the extra candy out of the house, while providing a nice gesture for our troops.”

As of the first week in November, the program had already collected more than six boxes full of candy. “In a letter that went home explaining the program, I requested the names of soldiers of friends and families of Hebron residents,” said Lapsis. Right away, three names came back: Dan Arkins, Christian Morgan and Kevin Black, all three stationed in Afghanistan. Black is a former student at Gilead Hill School, who is currently a flight medic with the United States Air Force.

“I have also been in contact with John Tuttle from the VFW/American Legion in Hebron, and he has the names of four more Hebron soldiers stationed overseas,” said Lapsis.

Contact Lapsis at for more information about Treats for Troops in Hebron.

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