December 4, 2013
Some sixth graders in Tallahassee think candy is a universally appreciated gift.
Students at Fairview Middle School have wrapped candy in Baggies and shipped two cartons to a helicopter pilot in Iraq for distribution to Iraqi children.
The candies are being air-dropped in Baghdad and surrounding areas with messages such as "America Loves You." Teacher Jennifer Simmons says it's a friendly hello from Americans.
The project ties in with a school requirement that every student complete three hours of community service.
Brian Trapani, a Rhode Island National Guardsman, has e-mailed to say the first box is already empty. His only cautionary note is "No Chocolate." It melts too easily in transit and in the desert heat.