Benning Infantry Soldiers provides mentorship to Columbus middle school students

By Jessica Dupree, Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence Public Affairs

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Oct. 20, 2017) – Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, out of Fort Benning, Georgia, spent their lunch breaks participating in a mentorship program at Midland Middle School in Columbus, Georgia, Oct. 18.

The program, called “Girls in Pearls, Guys in Ties,” invites men and women from the community to talk to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students about a wide range of issues including bullying, home life and preparing for life beyond middle school.

The meeting was the first one of the year. The mentors and students introduced themselves and spoke about what their expectations were for the rest of the year.

The meetings are held bi-monthly during the students’ lunch breaks.

Two Soldiers from the 1-46, Capt. Emily  Oliver and Lt. Col. Sheldon Morris, returned this year after helping to start the program last year.

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