Originally Published: October 5, 2008 11:52 p.m.
The second-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School are sending about 200 DVDs to Master Sgt. Kevin Perlak.Perlak, a sergeant with the Prescott Police Department, is serving with the U.S. Air Force in Iraq.Second-grader Grant Stoddard wanted to draw a picture and write a letter to Perlak.Perlak is a friend of the Stoddard family and Grant's mother suggested his entire class write to the sergeant.Soon, the students in Kim Dillon's class were writing to the men and women in Perlak's entire division.In one of his letters to the students, Perlak mentioned he had two DVDs, and he kept watching them repeatedly.In less than a week, Dillon's students and the second graders in Karen Hughes' class collected about 200 DVDs. The first donation Dillon received was a copy of "Barbie's Swan Lake" and a box of Girl Scout cookies. That started the ball rolling, and the DVDs started pouring in.Dillon said, "DVDs were an easy idea. Everyone could contribute without costing a lot of money."The students and parents donated new and used DVDs ranging from Jackie Chan films to "chick flicks" for the women soldiers. Dillon said she received classic movies and seasons of Seinfeld and 24. "We received a lot of thoughtful contributions. We want to provide the Sgt. Perlak and the other soldiers with some relief and a sense of camaraderie," Dillon said.She plans to send the DVDs to Perlak this week.Contact the reporter at firstname.lastname@example.org