Posted June 13, 2012
Last month, students from the Shaker High School
World of Difference Club collected various items to put in care
packages to send to soldiers with North Colonie ties serving
Recently, three of the soldiers, Bryan
Schermerhorn, a Shaker graduate, Greg Buck, son of SHS math teacher
Mary Buck, and Stephanie Schneider, daughter of a SHS custodian, received
their care packages in the mail. Stephanie took some time to write
to the students to thank them for their generous showing of support
and care, and to give them a feeling of what she does on a daily
basis serving our country in Kuwait.
Dear Mr. Weaver and class,
Thank you so much for the package! I
received it Sunday, June 3rd!
The bandana you sent came just in time. It
was a dust storm for about 3 days straight. The sky was just
constantly brown with the wind blowing. If you don't cover your face
you'll have sand in your ears, mouth, and nose. Everything was
great! Pictures are soon to follow.
I've been in Kuwait now since the beginning
of April, and we should be back in the USA in January! I'm in the
New York Army National Guard. I enlisted the beginning of my senior
year of high school because I always wanted to serve in the military
since 9/11. I volunteered for this deployment and I'm very happy I
did. I found out I was deploying in May 2011, right when I graduated
from HVCC for Human Services.
We are located at Camp Patriot/Kuwaiti Naval
Base in Kuwait. We share the post with the Kuwaiti military. I'm
part of the 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion. We currently run
the post. It's like a tiny little town. We have people here who do
medical stuff if we are sick, we have the military police who guard
the post, we have a section who is in charge of: water,
waste/sanitation, supplies, electricity, carpentry, vehicles, and
then other normal operations like computers, paperwork, and
logistics. I am in the computer/communication section. I basically
am in charge of helping out with computer or radio issues anybody
may have on the post. It's a pretty good job because it's hands on
and I like working with computers.
The Middle East is very different from the
states. The weather for one is a huge thing! It's 100 degrees before
10 AM here! It's only the beginning of June too. Also, can you
imagine paying 25 cents a gallon for gas? Kuwait is a very oil rich
country, so it's nothing out of the ordinary to pass a Ferrari or a
Bentley when you're driving somewhere.
There are also herds of camels off in the
distance. It's very westernized though. They have Burger King,
Subway, malls with the same clothing stores we have, McDonald's,
Carl's Jr, and car dealerships everywhere. They also have regular
radio stations like FLY 92.3! I never would have known what it was
like until I got here.
Again, thank you so much for the package. I
read the article in the Times Union and I was so excited. It's a
great feeling to be recognized. I absolutely love serving for my
country, it's very rewarding. I've had a lot of great time since
I've been in for the past 4 years! I can't wait to come home though.
I wish you all the best on what you decide to do after high school.
Good luck on any finals and regents! I hope you all have a great
Thank you so much Mr. Weaver and class!!
Cash donations for postage for future care
packages are welcome. Please forward them to Mr. Dan Weaver at
Shaker High School.