Your News Rolling Meadows Teen Leads Drive for Soldiers

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Rolling Meadows High School senior Kayla Mueller, a National Honor Society member and resident of Arlington Heights, has been the catalyst for significant NHS humanitarian efforts at Rolling Meadows High School this school year. Under Mueller's motivational leadership, NHS instituted a game-collection drive to help stock a new game/recreation room for soldiers serving in Iraq.

Last September, Mueller was moved to assist a family friend's nephew, Christopher Williams, who had an idea to set up a game room for his fellow soldiers, in order for them to have a place to relax and have a little fun.

"The troops in Iraq do many things for our country, so I thought this was a small way to give back to them," Mueller said. "It is great to know that our efforts have helped support our brave troops and provide them assurance that we are continually thinking about them."

"Kayla put out announcements and we collected all kinds of games, DVDs, and the like," said NHS sponsor Katie Page, a Rolling Meadows High School science teacher. "The items were delivered to the Army base and we received a letter back from the troops, thanking us for our efforts."

Mueller also generated an unrelated T-shirt drive in which hundreds of T-shirts were collected at the school. The ambitious student then drove the T-shirts to Miami of Ohio University, where they will be delivered to needy recipients in Jamaica and Colombia. …