SEARSMONT – U.S. military personnel stationed overseas will be getting a special gift thanks to the students at Ames Elementary and Gladys Weymonth School as part of the Randall Collins Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3108 Great Candy Challenge event Nov. 10 at Ames.

Representatives from Ames Elementary School and the Randall Collins VFW Post 3108 discuss the candy donated by students for troops overseas at an event at the school Nov. 10. Pictured from left to right: Ames Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sarah Nelson, VFW Post Commander Jim Roberts, Jim Wood, Bill Pollock, Ken Smart, Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton and Ames Elementary second-grade teacher Briana Brennick. Photo by William Carroll

According to event co-organizer Sarah Nelson, a fourth-grade teacher at Ames, students from the two schools donated 505 pounds of candy, which Post 3108 Commander Jim Roberts said would be flown to U.S. military personnel serving overseas as a special gift from home.

As part of the event at Ames, the VFW also recognized two fifth-grade students, Amilia Donovan and Sydney Clark, who started a mock election for the elementary school. The students were honored with a plaque recognizing their patriotism and efforts to support democracy.

Randall Collins VFW Post 3108 Commander Jim Roberts (center) provides plaques to Ames Elementary School fifth-grade students Amilia Donovan and Sydney Clark during an event at the school Nov. 10. Photo by William Carroll

Students from Ames also provided the veterans present at the event with special cards made by the students and sang “Oh, I Love America” to the vets in honor of their service and in recognition of Veterans Day Nov. 11.

Roberts said the event was a return to normalcy and was the first time the VFW returned to its Veterans in the Classroom program since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.