HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - The 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division has been an active participant in the 3rd Infantry Division's Adopt-A-School program.

On June 6, representatives from the battalion attended White Bluff Elementary School’s award ceremony to honor first-and-second grade students, parents and volunteers.

Donna McFadden, White Bluff parent facilitator, informed the parents present about the importance of the partnership between the school and 260th QM. She went on to express how the students have benefited from the love and dedication that the Soldiers bring during their bi-weekly mentoring sessions.

Lisa Darley, White Bluff’s principal, then presented the battalion a Certificate of Appreciation and a plaque.

“It is truly an honor and a privilege for the 260th Quartermaster Battalion to be allowed to adopt these schools,” said Lt. Col. Jimmy Brown, commander, 260th Quartermaster Battalion.

Through the years, 260th Soldiers have shown the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System that they are not only committed to their wartime mission, but they are also committed to their community.

“Our Soldiers understand the significance of education, and this program provides an awesome opportunity for us to make a positive difference,” said Brown. “Soldiers of the 260th Quartermaster Battalion truly enjoy assisting the teachers and mentoring the students. Our Soldiers are able to discuss valuable life skills such as setting and working toward goals, improving study habits, and working effectively as part of a team while serving as positive role models.”

Earlier this spring, the battalion unveiled the Adopt-A-School program sign at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School.

Julie M. Wade, a school board representative and a parent of one of the mentored kids said “The military is very obvious in this city, and to know that you have moved out to our schools to be just that obvious is indeed a pleasure for us and we thank you for that,” Dr. Joe Buck, school board president and a Vietnam veteran, said during the unveiling ceremony.

“Your presence in the school, for some of these kids, makes up for the absence of parents who are deployed. Thank you for reaching out to all our schools.”

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