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Posted: August 10, 2018 2:22 p.m.
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Mustangs help with first day of school

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Spartan Soldiers of 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, welcome incoming children on their first day of school in Hinesville, Aug 6.

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Spartan Soldiers of 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, greeted young scholars on their first day of school at Lyman Elementary School in Hinesville, Aug 6.

Spartan Soldiers paid a special visit to the school, handing out pencils to students. 

Lyman's aims to provide all students with an education that promotes excellence, good citizenship, and a love of learning. 

The Soldier volunteers learned Lyman wants students to receive the knowledge and skills to be successful and be contributing members of society.

“Each school in Liberty County is assigned to a unit," said Wendy Kellman, Lyman Hall Elementary academic specialist.  "(Staff Sgt. Jason) Walber reached out to us so Soldiers can support us - to help welcome our students, families, and community members. We appreciate all support they provided to help make it possible for us to dive into excellence.”

Individuals supporting the Lyman military program, HEROES (Helping Each Resilient Outstanding Exceptional Student), understand it can be challenging for new students to get adjusted in new areas. 

Spartan Soldiers can realate. They often have to face challenges associated with frequent moves.  They know the value of small gestures, like giving a student a pencil and a high-five right before the first day of class.  Hoping to help calm a child’s nerves on that important day.   

“It can be hard to make new friends," said Walberer, who is a S-3 schools noncommissioned officer with HHC, 6-8 Cav. "I have four children, all with different personalities. I want them to be as acclimated as possible. My Family and I see the importance of participating in community events.”

Parents of Lyman students can further support their children’s educational opportunities, Aug. 27, as Lyman Elementary staff discusses allotments regarding the school’s Title One funding.



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