Students Help Prepare for 39th Sendoff

HOXIE-In Mrs. Snapp's high school art class, students aren't sketching or painting a portrait this Friday.

Instead they're getting ready to say farewell to special group of men and women.

"The 39th, they are our hometown heroes basically. Supporting them is such a big deal for us because they are from here and it's kind of special for us since they are," said Jennifer Henderson.

So in class today, it's drawing and coloring posters that will be displayed Monday as the 39th Infantry Brigade leaves for mobilization.

"They're a part of us. You take care of your community and the people you live around. Your community is only as good as you make it, and try to teach my students that in everything we do," said Snapp.

She says she's grown up in Lawrence County and never seen the community stand behind their men and women this much.

"I've been amazed at the outpouring of support for these soldiers. They certainly deserve it," said Snapp.

And while my artwork wasn't quite that great, the kids who were working on the posters say this is just their small way of giving back to the soldiers who are going to be serving our country in Iraq.

"When they leave you want to give them faith they can come back. You want to show your support for them, and say we love you and it just makes them feel better," said Henderson.

And messages like "God Bless Our Troops," "Hurry Home," and even "You Guys Rock" paint the picture of support from these students and this community.

"I feel a since of pride knowing that some people I know and that I've saw around town. They are our guys and gals going over there. The since of pride is just overwhelming for everyone," said Brandon Barnhill.

Students and teachers say if they are permitted they plan to be at the sendoff on Monday morning.

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