Fourth-grade students of Dearing Elementary School were favored with first-hand U.S. Army information through a visit and presentation from Specialist Tim Sarri, a United States soldier and uncle to fourth-grader Savannah Donnegan. He has recently returned home to Dearing from Iraq.
Spc. Sarri discussed and answered questions regarding the way of life of the Iraqi people. Via slide photographs, the students could see that the area where many of the soldiers work is developed with streets, vehicles, and buildings, but that it is a more deprived area than the United States. The schools there do not have the type of books or technology we have.
Many slides illustrated that while risking danger, Spc. Sarri and his comrades (carrying weapons and driving tanks) took part in the mission of helping to stabilize and teach the military in Iraq.
Meanwhile, the people of Iraq lived and mixed in with them daily. The fourth-graders were interested in learning how Iraqi children are curious about the American soldiers and how they follow them around for miles. Also, interestingly, their store compared to our Wal-Mart is a roadside booth with tables of things for sale.
Dearing feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to discuss and inquire about what it is like while serving in the Untied States military in a far away country. We thank Spc. Sarri for taking the time to come teach and show us about his experiences in Iraq.