Houston students show encouragement for troops, families with mural

By Lisa Voyles/Chickasaw Journal

HOUSTON – Three Houston High School students and a teacher were surprised with a show of support for their family members who are in service with the 288th Sapper Company in Afghanistan. Assistant Principal Robert Winters developed the idea to paint a mural on his office wall as a salute to the troops and solicited the help of Brennan Byrne and Jasper Harmon for their artistic abilities.
“Our school wanted to show our thanks for their sacrifices and for their families back home,” Winters said. “We wanted to honor them, their children and spouses.”
“I’m grateful for what they do,” Byrne said. “Because I don’t have anyone in my family serving, this was a way to show them my appreciation for their service.”
Byrne and Harmon painted the 288th Sapper logo on Winters’ wall, working on and off for several weeks and kept their project under wraps. When they finished, they invited librarian Miriam Garner and students Josh Ferguson, Dylan Moore and Garrison Howell in to sign their names under their family member’s name. Garner’s husband, Staff Sgt. Jesse Garner, along with the three students’ fathers, Staff Sgt. Lane Ferguson, Staff Sgt. Billy W. Moore and Capt. Thomas Howell are all serving in the company.
Howell said the painting was a surprise to him.
“It made me feel like I was being supported. Everyone supports my dad, and it was like they were supporting me, too,” he said.

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