Soldier Makes Surprise Visit to Lake Country Academy
Lake Country Academy students received an unexpected visitor on the first day of school this year. SSG. Jason Kress, an Army Reservist, on leave from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, surprised the students during a school-wide assembly. Kress thanked the children for the care packages that they sent to the soldiers of the 826 Ordinance Company in April. The 826 Ordinance Company, based out of Milwaukee, includes 55 Army Reserve soldiers who have been stationed at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan since January. The platoon provides ammunition for U.S. soldiers and destroys old or foreign ammunition when necessary.
Sgt. Kress, the father of three LCA students, presented the school with a plaque from the soldiers. The plaque incorporates an American flag that has flown over the skies of Afghanistan on a combat mission in an F-15E "Strike Eagle" supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The students were excited to hear Sgt. Kress describe the soldiers' surprise and appreciation upon the arrival of the packages, which were part of a school-wide service project based on the core virtue of teamwork. Working in classroom teams, the students collected toiletries, magazines and snacks and sent 17 boxes of goodies to the troops
Lake Country Academy's curriculum emphasizes a different core virtue each month. Teachers team up to spearhead activities such as presentations, classroom skits and community service projects to demonstrate virtues such as respect, responsibility, generosity, compassion and citizenship.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 28, 2009