A call from Iraq TCPS student shares call from dad
by By JOYANNA WEBER Banner Staff Writer
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CALLING IRAQ via Skype, Tennessee Christian Preparatory School students were able to meet classmate David Andrews Jr.’s  father, Capt. David Andrews Sr. Principal Kathi Douglas stands behind David holding a laptop, so his father can see the students. Banner photo, JOYANNA WEBER
CALLING IRAQ via Skype, Tennessee Christian Preparatory School students were able to meet classmate David Andrews Jr.’s father, Capt. David Andrews Sr. Principal Kathi Douglas stands behind David holding a laptop, so his father can see the students. Banner photo, JOYANNA WEBER
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Technology allowed a Tennessee Christian Preparatory School student to share a special experience with fellow elementary students Friday.

David Andrews Jr. introduced students via a Skype video call to his father, Capt. David Andrews Sr., who is stationed in Iraq.

“He wanted to share where he’s at,” the captain’s wife, Mary, said.

She said the call brought how the military lives “closer to home” for the students.

David Andrews Jr. acted as moderator during the conversation with his dad. He introduced the students in his class individually.

“You are awesome,” classmate Jonathan exclaimed when he was introduced.

Students had submitted a list of questions to the captain that they wanted him to answer during the call.

Questions ranged from “Do you have air conditioning?” or “Are you healthy?” to questions about the country and his job.

“Let’s just say I do some office work. We’ll just put it that way,” the Army captain said.

His job in Iraq is with the U.S. Army Special Forces.

One student wanted to know why he decided to join the military.

“I always had a desire since I was David’s age to serve in the military because my dad and mom instilled in me or placed in me a love for America,” he said.

The elder Andrews joined the military almost 14 years ago.

Students also wanted to know if he was able to watch movies there.

He said he could, but he usually reads books instead. He showed students the Kindle e-book device he uses to store his electronic books.

The school ended the call with students thanking the captain for his service.

Principal Kathi Douglas said Mary Andrews came to her with the idea of doing a Skype call with the students a couple weeks ago.

Douglas then collected questions from each of the students and emailed them to the captain.

Douglas said she let him decide which questions to answer.

Mary Andrews said she talks to her husband often through the video calling program.

Douglas said she had not purposely planned the call on the last day of school before the 10th anniversary of 9/11. This was simply the best time for everyone.

David Andrews Sr. has been deployed since January and is expected to return before the end of the year. TCPS is planning a homecoming celebration for the captain.