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Posted: May 4, 2018 2:41 p.m.
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DoD Schools conduct Prize Patrol on Stewart


Callie Merena is surrounded by supporters after receiving a visit by the Fort Stewart Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander, Col. Jason Wolter, and members of the Murray Elementary School Prize Patrol, April 30.

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Diamond and Murray Elementary schools honored children during the Month of the Military Child, April 25 and 30, with prize patrols on Fort Stewart. 

About 10 children were selected from Diamond Elementary to receive prizes for participating in the school's contest. The children wrote or drew about their feelings on being a military child. Murray Elementary selected its recipients based on citizenship and academic achievement. The prize patrol for both schools included staff members and Fort Stewart garrison leadership delivering the prizes to the winners. The prizes included huge novelty checks and  child-sized gift bags filled with toys and trinkets.  

Garrison commander Col.  Jason Wolter was on hand at both school events to help present prizes to the children.  Wolter expressed his appreciation for their efforts and noted he understood being a military child wasn’t always easy.  

Sophia Evans, from Diamond Elementary said she was proud to be a military child.  

“I’m proud of my dad and all he does for the Family, and for the country,” Evans said. 

Murray Elementary’s principal Talisha Thompson said this was the second time they did a prize patrol. She enjoyed seeing the children’s reactions.  

Community member can learn more about Fort Stewart and school events on the School Liaison Facebook at

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