by Danielle Wagner
DENVER (KWWL) Measuring, marking and sewing. Denver ninth grader Nicole Smith is supporting our troops by making cool ties and neck warmers for Iowans serving overseas.
"I got involved because my teacher Mrs. Danielsen she helps me and this was her idea," said Nicole Smith.
Jo Danielsen is Nicole's resource teacher. Danielsen saw Iowa's Bravest was looking for volunteers to sew items so she presented the idea to Family & Consumer Science teacher Judy Cavanah as a class project.
"When I saw they were sending something for troops I thought this will be perfect for Nicole. I knew it was something she could do that wouldn't be too difficult for her," said Danielsen.
"It's a wonderful project because it gives the kids an opportunity to do community service, plus it's a great fill in project when they're between projects," said Cavanah.
Nicole and other students hope the troops like the items. Nicole knows from first-hand experience the neck warmers work.
"I had to try it on. I think they'll like it. Nice and warm," she said.
"It's been helpful for her to know she's doing this for someone else besides always thinking of ourselves," said Jo Danielsen.
"I think they felt a sense of accomplishment being able to do something for the soldiers," said Judy Cavanah.
Besides Denver, students at Waterloo West High School also sewed neck warmers and cool ties. The students at West spent about two weeks on the project.
Students in both Waterloo and Denver know it's for a good cause.
"Because they're fighting for our country," said Waterloo West student Morgan McMillan.
The cool ties and neck warmers were boxed up with other items on Wednesday, November 18th. The care packages from Iowa's Bravest should arrive in time for the holidays.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner