Army Captain to Surprise Students at St. Mary of the Mills School

June 03, 2011

Throughout the 2010-2011 school year, students in the Social Concerns Club at St. Mary of the Mills School in Laurel have made trips to nursing homes and soup kitchens, and made sandwiches for the homeless.

One of their biggest projects of the year was to send care packages with handmade cards and cookies to service members stationed overseas. After corresponding with the troops, the students will get a surprise visit from one of the service members that had been in contact with. Army Captain Mike Eitelman will be coming to the school to personally thank the students for their efforts.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
2:00 p.m.
St. Mary of the Mills (in the Church)
106 St. Mary’s Drive
Laurel, MD

Captain Eitelman is on leave and has contacted the school because he wants to personally thank the students who had been communicating with him and his fellow troops while they were stationed in Afghanistan.

Captain Mike Eitelman served in the U.S. Army for 4 years (2000-2004) and joined the Special Forces Unit of the Florida Army National Guard in 2004. He has served three tours in Iraq and just returned from serving a tour in Afghanistan. His Special Forces Team in Afghanistan is comprised of about 30-40 men and women. Captain Eitelman says the cards from the St. Mary of the Mills students were put on display on a public bulletin board on base. “Everyone was impressed with the cards and really appreciated that the students of St. Mary of the Mills School were keeping the soldiers in their thoughts and prayers,” said Captain Eitelman. “Of course, the cookies were delicious and were generally described as the best cookies ever…and I’m not making that up, the cookies were a big hit!”

Captain Eitelman, who is the son in law of one of the teachers at the school and is married to a graduate, will come for a ceremony at the church with the students from the Social Concerns Club and other students from the school. He will also present the students with a certificate of appreciation.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves nearly 30,000 students in 98 schools in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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