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This letter was sent to us after our last contribution to Operation Touch of Home:

Jess & Tessa (Operation Touch of Home),
About an hour ago I received one of your care packages. Usually, I coordinate with my girlfriend from back home to send me things I need. However, we didn’t plan on a care package nor was I expecting one, so this one caught me by surprise! I wanted to personally thank you both and your organization for sending me this wonderful care package!
It means a lot to me that people from my home state are thinking about us over here in Afghanistan. I really do appreciate the support! A lot of the items in the package we don’t have access to and seeing these items surely brightened my day! I read all the letters and cards from the thoughtful people of the community and local schools, and it provided me a nice escape from “life” here in Afghanistan. I currently have all the drawings and letters hanging up on my wall.
No matter how big or small the care package, it affects us in a huge way. These packages represent love and support. Sometimes that is all we need over here. The packages make our lives and morale so much better while deployed and help us get that much closer to coming home.
Thank you so much again! Keep doing what you’re doing! 
Warmest regards,
(soldiers name removed for security/privacy)

  July 2015  
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Swift River School is a safe, compassionate and academically rich learning community where all students develop and apply knowledge, creativity and social skills.

Swift River is known by the community as “our school”. We are a small, rural school where we greet, welcome and support all.  Our community is inspired by enthusiasm for learning, creativity and social connections.

The student curriculum, both academic and social, is differentiated so that each learner is engaged in rich and meaningful work.  Student achievement and sense of efficacy increase throughout the years.

Students and staff are introduced to the school’s social curriculum that provides rules and guidelines for engaging in collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution.  These strategies are reinforced during directed activities and workshops, and then applied as situations arise naturally throughout the day.

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