Adopt-A-Troop Donations By Horizon Middle Students To Their Teacher Serving Overseas In Military Reach Farther Than Expected
One of Horizon Middle School's sixth grade social studies teachers, MSgt Javier Matos, was called to active duty in the Middle East this past August. In an overwhelming show of support for him and the military troops he is serving with overseas, Horizon Middle's students, faculty, and staff held a school-wide "Adopt a Troop" event and collected over 2,500 comfort items, including snacks, laundry detergent, and sports drink mix. The collected items and letters of support were mailed in 89 boxes to an undisclosed address directly to MSgt Matos, as his exact location is top secret. In a letter of appreciation to the students, MSgt Matos shared that not only did over 1,200 troops from various military branches benefit from the packages, the items were also shared with nearby refugee camps, elementary schools, and a children's hospital in the Middle East.
In a letter Msgt Matos wrote to the students, he said, "There is a surge of joy and pride that comes to me as troops open packages and read letters, knowing they are all stamped from Horizon Middle School. We all have the ability to be heroes with the choices we make and by the looks of it, the Horizon Middle School community is on the right path."
In addition to the letter, the school received a certificate of appreciation signed by Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Lieutenant General/USAF Commander, and Jeffrey W. Magram, Colonel/USAF.
Photo: ROTC students from Horizon Middle who assisted in the project and Principal Michelle Henninger posing with the certificate they received