Money For Military Families

Captain Scott Gelhardt of the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kinglsey Field accepts a cash donation of $708 from Travis Fast, principal of Peterson Elementary School. Chief Master Sgt. Dominic Ingle, Tech Sgt. Sandra Fugate and Master Sgt. Bobbi Uhlig look on. Students and staff wore red, white and blue to school on Friday and donated at least $5 to do so to raise funds for the David R. Kingsley Foundation, which provides money for military families in need.

Captain Scott Gelhardt of the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kinglsey Field accepts a cash donation of $708 from Travis Fast, principal of Peterson Elementary School. Chief Master Sgt. Dominic Ingle, Tech Sgt. Sandra Fugate and Master Sgt. Bobbi Uhlig look on. Students and staff wore red, white and blue to school on Friday and donated at least $5 to do so to raise funds for the David R. Kingsley Foundation, which provides money for military families in need.

Peterson Elementary students, staff raise $708 by wearing red, white, blue

Students and staff at Peterson Elementary School wore red, white, and blue Friday for a good cause: to help local military members and their families.

For a $5 donation, students and staff could wear the patriotic colors. In all, the 660 students and 40  staff members raised $708 for the 173rd Fighter Wing’s David R. Kingsley Foundation, which provides funds for military families in need.

Tech Sgt. Sandra Fugate, Master Sgt. Bobbi Uhlig, Chief Master Sgt. Dominic Ingle and Captain Scott Gelhardt of the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field attended a school assembly Friday where they accepted thank you cards from students and the cash donation. The 173rd Fighter Wing then presented Principal Travis Fast with a framed photograph of an F-15 fighter jet for display at the school.

“We are so thankful for your selfless act that contributes money to such a good cause,” Gelhardt told the assembled students.

This is the second year the school has raised money for the David R. Kingsley Foundation. Fast said the idea came from fourth-grade teacher Tosha Nanni. Last year, the school raised about $500.

“We talked about strengthening our ties to the community, and realized we have so many students whose parents work at the base that we decided to do this,” Fast said. “And we wanted to recognize our military locally.”

Press release provided from the Klamath County School District.