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A class of students from Elim Christian School in Palos Heights, Ill., is learning new skills and brightening the lives of U.S. service personnel deployed in Iraq. The 17 students, ages 18 to 21, read recipes, measured ingredients, and worked bakery machinery to bake 72 pounds of cookies.

The students, most of whom are Christian Reformed, have cognitive impairments. They sent the cookies to six service personnel, many of whom are also Christian Reformed. At Christmastime, the students enclosed a letter, phone cards, and books. In February they sent Valentines, and they are preparing Easter care packages of candy, phone cards, and Bibles for their adopted group of soldiers, which has grown to 12.

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