The Salado Independent School District celebrated a new partnership Wednesday, as it welcomed the 3rd Cavalry Regiment’s 4th Squadron as its new “adopted” unit for Salado High School.

The district welcomed members of the unit during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the high school. Burt Smith, Salado High School principal, and Lt. Col. Dave Foley, 4th Squadron’s commander, were on hand to officially mark the partnership.

“We are honored to partner with the Salado High School students through the Adopt-a-School program. This is an opportunity for my troopers to share their lives and experiences with these students while growing as a community in the process,” Foley said.

District Superintendent Michael Novotny said that this will be the first adopted unit the high school has had.

“We are very happy to have them at the high school,” Novotny said.

The Adopt-A-School Program started in the mid-1990s, according to information from Fort Hood. The program unites area schools with different Fort Hood units. Soldiers from each unit assist students in their adopted schools with tutoring, mentoring and leadership skills.

Other Central Texas school districts, including the Killeen Independent School District and the Copperas Cove Independent School District, also participate in the program.

In addition to visiting and helping out at the school, Novotny said soldiers from the unit would take students in the high school’s new leadership program on a tour of Fort Hood later this month.

“They are going to be a great asset to the kids,” Novotny said.

The high school is the first of four schools scheduled to be adopted in Salado by the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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