Soldier brings current events to classroom |

Soldier brings current events to classroom

Cory Fisher

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kevin Parsons arrived at South Tahoe Middle School Thursday by way of Guam, Thailand and the Persian Gulf.

The sergeant, who addressed three special-day classes, wanted to thank students for sending a box full of holiday greeting cards, which he received in Kuwait two days before Christmas. Parsons also shared his experiences aboard a ship with more than 2,000 personnel.

Although on a routine tour, Parsons’ stay was nearly prolonged due to tensions surrounding weapons inspections in Iraq.

Social studies teacher Pearl Plummer said correspondence with Parsons has helped students to see the human side of current world events that are regularly discussed in class.

“They’re still interested in Iraq,” Plummer said. “Yesterday I had a student ask me, “What’s happening over there now?”

Parsons fielded a broad range of questions including, “How do you get your shoes so shiny?” “How many friends did you have on the ship?” “Why didn’t you become a sniper?” and “Can we see your tattoo?”

Joining Parsons was his wife, Heather, their 2-year-old son, Justin, their five-month-old daughter, Brittany, and Parsons’ mother, Patty Churchill, who is a teacher’s aide in Plummer’s class.

“The hardest part was being away from my family – my daughter was born while I was gone,” said Parsons of his six-month tour. “But the best part is the respect you get for being a Marine – two students asked me for my autograph today.”

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