Students from several Lee’s Summit R-7 schools participate in the Overseas Military Coupon program, organized through the Prairie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to help servicemen and women.
Participating students include Lee’s Summit North High School life skills classes and the GREAT program at Miller Park Center.
Through the program, students cut coupons and sort coupons and provide them to members of the Lee’s Summit Daughters of the American Revolution. The manufacturer’s coupons are sent to the U.S. Naval Base at Yokosuka, Japan. In 2013, the local DAR committee sent 204,833 coupons valued at $307,449.
Military personnel may redeem the coupons at the commissary and base exchange facilities.
In addition to the students, several residents at John Knox Village also assist with the coupon clipping. DAR committee chairpersons for this project are Pat Brinker and Cheryl Compton.
“As you can imagine, just cutting, sorting and totaling this amount of coupons would be very difficult without lots of help,” said Mary Dobson of the Lee’s Summit DAR. “We really appreciate the assistance of the school classes and the guidance of their teachers. This is a great project that involves many cross-sections of our community and benefits the military stationed far from home.”