2006-03-24 / Education

Bubbles of love blow into national spotlight

Killian Elementary
By Amanda Taylor

On March 3, 2006,The Columbia Starbroke the story of Killian Elementary's Bubble Drive, a project of teacher Lynnae Lyons' resource class to collect bottles of bubbles for children in the war--torn Kabul region of Afghanistan.

Shelley Kriegshaber (r) with R2TV (Richland School District Two TV) interviews Stefanie Salter about the bubble drive Salter helped start at Killian Elementary. Photo by Amanda Taylor

Days after the story was published, SFC Michael Salter, one of the soldiers involved in the project, forwarded the TheColumbiaStar.com weblink to a public relations official at The Pentagon Channel.

The story was then forwarded to SGT Lee McMahon, a reporter with The Pentagon Channel. McMahon and a camera person will visit Killian Elementary on March 23 and stay long enough to cover the story.

The Pentagon Channel is a government run cable channel, which broadcasts military news and information. It is available on US military bases around the world, on many local cable networks, and through live streaming video at www.pentagonchannel.mil .

R2TV, Richland School District Two's cable channel, will also air a story on the bubble drive. Shelley Kriegshaber, a producer with the channel, visited Killian Elementary on March 16 to interview Lyons, her students, and Stefanie Salter, Michael Salter's wife. The segment can be seen on Time Warner Cable Channel 12 in the Richland Two area starting sometime around March 24.

Lynnae Lyons (l) and her students Katelyn Woods, Courtney Gaither, Brandon Yelverton, and Audarius Wall pack bottles of bubbles they collected to send to Afghanistan. Photo by Amanda Taylor

Killian Elementary's Bubble Drive is the first of its kind and was put into action by Lyons, the Salters, and Lyons' grades 2--5 students. The project aims to aid communication between soldiers and the orphaned children they visit in Afghanistan and to put a few more smiles on those children's faces.

Lyons' students have now collected over 1228 bottles of bubbles for the drive. The bubbles will be shipped to Afghanistan soon courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

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