The Kendrick High School band, alongside the Auxiliary dance team, were invited by their Partners in Education, the CONUS Replacement Center, to perform for deploying Soldiers Friday.
“For us to be able to perform (for the Soldiers) is just an honor all out,” said London Johnson, band manager for the Kendrick High School band.
Lt. Col. Ray Dunning, CRC battalion commander, said CRC Soldiers volunteer their time to help tutor Kendrick students, as well as help with extracurricular activities and partner with sports events to support the school.
This time, the Kendrick High School band and dance group helped out CRC by seeing the troops off with a performance for the Soldiers.
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“We wanted to give them entertainment and let them know that they are appreciated,” said Angela Fontain, family services coordinator for Kendrick.
The group was invited to perform for the Soldiers after Dunning heard them play during the Kendrick homecoming football game.
Fontain said the students wanted to give the Soldiers a different flavor. In preparation for their performance, the students practiced twice a week leading up to the event.
Some of the Soldiers said they were touched by the performance.
“I thought it was great,” said Capt. Erin Johns, who is deploying with the 98th Medical Detachment. “I didn’t know they would be here so walking in and seeing it, it was just very overwhelming.”
Dunning said involving the local community on Fort Benning helps to bridge gaps and strengthen relationships.