By Sharon Stevens Education Reporter
Edwardsville, IL (KSDK) - Students at an Edwardsville school are taking up a collection for American military men and women stationed overseas.
Students at Lincoln Middle School in the Edwardsville School District are collecting books until Friday.
It's all part of a national effort called "Operation Paperback," which collects gently used books and sends them to troops stationed overseas. So far, the students have collected 320 books.
Principal Steve Stuart's desk is overflowing with biographies, history, fantasy, mysteries, best sellers and more.
School officials say books destined for Afghanistan or Germany might not get there by Christmas Day, but they will get there.
Elsewhere in the school, students are helping a group called "Mission for Moms" to collect comfort items specifically for troops in Afghanistan and those remaining in Iraq. The items include cotton swabs, candy, trail mix and hygiene items.
Students say when they send books they hope that it's important to the soldiers because it definitely means something to them.
Eddie Sims, a 12-year-old seventh grader, said, "First of all, it's good karma! I think it's great to help people in the community and overseas."
Some of the books collected are for children so that parents stationed overseas can read to their children in America, via SKYPE.