ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- As part of Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic's back to school emphasis during the month of August, the pediatrics clinic held a t-shirt and gift basket giveaway on Aug. 27.

"Each year we like to do something special for the children going back to school, as August is our busiest time of the year," said Sherry Walters, KUSAHC pediatrics receptionist. "This year our theme is 'Wild About Pediatrics,' which is based on the popular book "Where the Wild Things Are."

Two boys and two girls, who's names were selected from a drawing, received t-shirts, which read "Wild About Pediatrics," and gift baskets with school supplies and toys.

Lt. Col. Mark Ireland, commander of KUSAHC, said that KUSAHC employees wanted to do something to show appreciation to their patients.

"We pride ourselves on the care we give to you," Ireland said. "We have a very good pediatric

Ireland added that KUSAHC has established relationships with outside providers so that patients can receive quality care when KUSAHC is not open.

"We work very closely with the whole community to make sure we provide the best service
to you," Ireland said.

"I appreciate it very much; it is nice that pediatrics holds a contest every year to get children
excited about the back to school season," said Jamika Cruz, whose son Julion Cruz, 11, won a t-shirt and gift basket.

Demayne Trotter, 4, Sarah Tringo, 6, Erykah Tisdale, 11, Julion Cruz,11.