A lesson plan in community outreach

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 02:12 PM.

Kelly Garcia teaches Spanish to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in Mullen, Nebraska.

Her lesson plans for her teenage pupils also includes community involvement, engagement and outreach.

And through the myriad maze that is the vast network of organizations that reach out to deployed troops around the globe, Kelly Garcia from Mullen, Nebraska, with a population (500) that makes Port St. Joe seem a metropolis, came into contact with Semper Fi Sisters, based out of Gulf County.

Garcia and her students in turn engaged in the drive by the Semper Fi Sisters, during their fourth annual Beach Blast next week, to pack 1,000 “Boxes of Love” to troops in war zones, providing a personal portion of Midwestern potion to those care packages.

And Garcia reflects on it all as just part of the school week, the school year for a teacher who through a phone line conveys the passion and desire to touch troops and young lives that drive so many of the Sisters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins of soldiers deployed around the world, with every branch of the military.

“It really was all accidental,” Garcia said of her connection of Semper Fi Sisters. “Things happen for a reason, I guess.”

The journey from Nebraska to Port St. Joe was indeed circuitous.

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