D'Iberville High sends deployed teacher a taste of home for the holidays

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A D'Iberville High teacher serving in the Middle East will soon be receiving a taste of home just in time for the holidays. Computer teacher and swim coach Keith Blalock is currently serving in Afghanistan. Students spent time this week putting together care packages to show Blalock that he may be away but he's not forgotten.

With candy, snacks, and games, students hope to show teacher Mr. Blalock how much they care.

"He's my favorite teacher," said Ericca Cavender. "He sort of accepts everybody for who they are. He's always willing to have extra help with you. He has a great sense of humor. He's open to anyone who is willing to put forth the effort."

The school came together to send Blalock, an Army reservist, some holiday cheer. So 30 boxes are headed to the Middle East, with enough goodies for Blalock's entire platoon.

"He has other people with him," said student Ashley Latham. "It's better to send the whole team one than just one person. So they can feel accepted too and get gifts too."

To help raise money for the care packages, students paid $1 to nominate the staff member they would most like to see where a turkey outfit. The winner was Principal Elmer Mullins, but he didn't seem to mind.

"It's a fundraiser for a member of our family here at D'Iberville High School," Mullins said.

Teachers say they hope this project will help students realize the sacrifices made to protect their freedoms.

"He's not home for Thanksgiving to eat our turkey," teacher Marguerite Barlow said. "He's not home at Christmas time. He's not home with his family. He doesn't have maybe the best living conditions. Here we are nice and safe in our own house. So we want them to realize they do this for us. This is one way to show our support to him while he's away."

School officials say the money for the items and postage came from donations from students, staff, businesses and individuals. They hope to do another mail out in the Spring.

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