Thursday, April 17, 2003

USS Nimitz, it's Skyline time

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] Crosby Elementary School students put cans of Skyline Chili on the stage Wednesday.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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HARRISON - Navy Airman Michael J. Stewart, serving on the USS Nimitz in the Persian Gulf, soon will get his Skyline Chili fix - and then some.

Crosby Elementary held an assembly Wednesday in which the 315 K-6 students presented 1,299 cans of Skyline to Stewart's mother, Rhonda Baird of Colerain Township.

The second and third grades collected the most cans - 304 each. They'll receive a lunch from Skyline Chili after next week's spring break.

"It all started with, 'Gosh, I'd really like to have some Skyline,' " said Terri Vaught, Stewart's aunt and a teacher at Crosby.

Stewart e-mailed his girlfriend, Katie Shay, whose mother, Joan, is a Skyline Chili manager, and asked her to send some Skyline. Joan Shay of Colerain Township decided she couldn't just send chili for one. All 6,000 soldiers on the aircraft carrier needed to know they weren't forgotten. So Shay started a campaign to accumulate 6,000 cans.

That's where Tristate schools started pitching in. Along with Crosby, Harrison High School in the Southwest district is collecting cans. It's holding a competition with East Central High School in St. Leon, Ind.

Some schools in Northwest and Oak Hills districts also are participating. Stewart, 19, a 2002 Colerain grad, is featured in Tuesday's Keeping in Touch feature of military personnel serving in the Middle East.

Vaught approached her school, which started collecting cans April 7.

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