TEMPLE — Soldiers from the 49th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, and Hector P. Garcia Elementary School in Temple recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to promote their new relationship under the U.S. Army’s Adopt-A-School Program.

Maj. Toby Mackall, battalion executive officer, was in attendance and listened as children from the school lined up and read letters of thanks they had written for the soldiers.

Immediately following the ceremony, the school held its Harvest Festival and soldiers stayed to take part in the festivities and assisted other school volunteers by interacting with the students.

“We were privileged to be given the opportunity to improve these children’s lives,” said Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson, the battalion operations noncommissioned officer-in-charge.

The battalion’s current plan is to join in weekly tutoring sessions in bilingual classrooms and then expanding their commitment to the school.

The battalion first reached out to the school in August.

Sgt. James Johnson, the battalion’s electronic warfare officer, was chosen to be the unit’s Adopt-A-School Program representative.

“I like to know that I am making a difference in somebody’s life,” Johnson said.

“Our youth are our future; I honestly care and I would like to see our children grow up and be respectable members of society, and if I can help somebody do that or just get an ‘A,’ that’s awesome.”

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