Soldiers of the South Carolina National Guard, 4th and 118th Infantry Regiment attend an Adopt-a-Soldier event held at the MWR Dec. 13,
2012. Sixth grade students from Sumrall Middle School presented gifts to the soldiers returning from deployment to Kuwait.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Karen Sampson)
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (1/6/2012) - Trimming the tree, wrapping
presents or making wreaths are beloved traditions of the holidays.
Sixth grade students at Sumrall Middle School started their
own holiday tradition this year, naming the occasion
Adopt-a-Soldier. The students not only gave South Carolina National
Guard soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, a
hero's welcome, but also a holiday surprise. The soldiers recently
returned from a deployment security-force in Kuwait.
students and their teacher, Dana Jones, coordinated with the Camp
Shelby Morale, Welfare and Recreation enlisted advisor, Staff Sgt.
Latasha Williams, to host the Adopt-a-Soldier event in mid-December.
“Some students wanted to do a holiday event showing their
support of the military by presenting them with Christmas gifts and
songs,” said Williams. “It's inspiring that these students wanted
support to soldiers who have been deployed.”
Upon the class
finishing studies about World War II, Jones' students brainstormed
an idea to put together a gathering dedicated to the soldiers for
“The minute it was mentioned, it just took off,”
said Jones who took pride in her student's endeavor. “They were just
so excited about it.”