Jana McCalla's 1st grade class at CES recently enjoyed a special visit from U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant D.C. Parvin and his wife, Bethany. Sergeant Parvin and Bethany, who is McCalla's niece, are deployed in the Azores Islands of Portugal at the LaJes Air Force Base. Before the Christmas holidays, McCalla decided to teach her class about the Air Force and life in the Azores Islands. The class learned about the location and geography of the island, which sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean; the climate, which is 70 degrees year-round; and the size of the island. Since Bethany was spending her first Christmas away from home, the students made Christmas cards that McCalla mailed to Bethany and Sergeant Parvin in the Azores. The couple was so impressed by the students' gesture that they decided to visit the class when they returned home for a two-week leave. Sergeant Parvin, who has been in the Air Force for 10 years, told the students about his job on the base and showed them photos of the aircraft on which he works. The students had plenty of questions for him. He explained that they could choose to join the Air Force one day, too, but that they would first need to work hard in school and graduate. Bethany told the students about life on the island and the differences between living in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and living in Mississippi. Sergeant Parvin and Bethany are originally from the Corinth area, but they were previously stationed in Arkansas before moving to the Azores last March. McCalla's class enjoyed meeting Sergeant Parvin and Bethany, and they learned a great deal about the Air Force, aircraft (especially the refueling jets), and the Azores Islands.
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