For Our Troops

In these difficult economic times, the generosity on display at Burlington High School is incredible.  A visit to the science lecture hall provided a glimpse into the heart of the community.  Students were working next to Middlesex Sheriffs Officers, next to community volunteers – including a World War II veteran.  Because of their tireless efforts, soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan will celebrate the holidays with some reminders of home.  A thank you to Alan McRae for bringing the larger community together around such a worthy cause.




From Alan on the afternoon of Friday, December 5th

Just this morning the last few “care packages” went out to the Post Office to be shipped to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan! We were able to make 150 boxes. Each large box was filled with essentials such as Gold Bond powder, snacks, wet wipes, phone cards and many other items. Some of the most precious items were cards and letters written by our elementary students! Thanks to everyone at each of the schools who helped support this project by providing supplies, phone cards and art work for our soldiers to receive.

I’ll try to post a few photos… I also believe that the Times Union will have some video on their website. I’ll be working on a DVD to chronicle what went on up here at BHS and would be glad to send it to anyone who would like it. In addition, I will post any letters from soldiers onto a website so you can see the impact that you are making on these women and men.


Alan McRae


2 thoughts on “For Our Troops

  1. john papadonis

    Your efforts as usual are over the top! I am certain that you and the BHS students’ efforts are greatly appreciated by all abroad. Thanks for once again making Burlington an exemplary educational model!
    John Papadonis

  2. Gregory L. Allard

    Dear Mr. McRae:
    I’m very happy to see the support students are giving our troops. I was in Burlington in 1999 for the Moving Wall. This was the finest tribute I’ve seen a community do for the Moving Wall.

    My best friend in college was Gilford Dashner, a graduate of Burlington High School, who was KIA in South Vietnam in Sept. 1968. There is a marker in front of the Simonds school with Gil’s name on it. I want to make you aware of a memorial for Gil on the Virtual Wall.


    Greg Allard


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