COPPERAS COVE — Elementary students in Copperas Cove were in for a back-to-school treat on their first day Tuesday. The kids were greeted by a group of encouraging soldiers and teachers offering high-fives, huge smiles and positive energy at Hettie Halstead Elementary.

Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment welcomed the children in front of the school’s entrance. The soldiers opened car doors and helped kids as well as parents carry items into the school. Parents also took the opportunity to get photos with the soldiers in front of a large welcome sign that decorated the lawn.

Lana Husband started her journalism career as a Unit Pubic Affairs Representative for the 504th MI Company while deployed to Iraq. Now, Lana uses her 10 yrs experience to cover local news in the Central Texas Area focusing on technology and the military.

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