Students Team with Web of Support

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Soldiers who are serving in Iraq are being remembered by the folks back home. Members of the 155th Brigade Combat team left for Iraq earlier this year.

It's a difficult time for them and their families, but a pick-me-up is on the way, with help from Newton County Elementary School.

Janis Galatas of Meridian is a partner of Web of Support, which was founded in Nevada.

"We support our troops, and we adopt soldiers," said Galatas. "I've got a hundred and seventy-five."

The group is making sure our troops get something for Christmas even while they are overseas.

To help fund this effort, Galatas has written a book called "A Soldier's Courage", which tells the story of her husband Norris and his fellow Mississippians who went to war. She also has coloring books with horses and magnets to sell.

"I'm addicted to troop support. It's addicting. I love horses and I love soldiers, and I married a soldier," said Galatas. "These guys are Norris' buddies. I feel like when they went to Iraq, we don't have any children, so I felt like my family went to Iraq."

She has gotten some help from some local students to make this initiative happen.

"These kids need to know what our soldiers are going through, what they're giving up for our freedom, and I think these gifted kids understand that," said Newton County Elementary teacher, Pam Keith.

Fifty-three Talented and Gifted students from Newton County Elementary decorated magnets that will be put into Christmas gift boxes and sent to 175 troops in Iraq.

"I thought it would be neat to, once I found those blank magnets, it would be really neat to decorate them with Christmas themes or 'Support Our Troops' themes," Galatas said. "They just used their imaginations and did whatever they wanted, and I think they're wonderful."

Galatas is sending gift boxes with chocolate, sausages and cheese logs, with the magnets inside.

"Newton County Elementary supports our troops!"

Galatas needs help funding this effort. You may do so by purchasing her book, "A Soldier's Courage", the story of her wounded soldier husband, Norris, and other Mississippi troops. It's available at A link is provided below.

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