Every year at Christmas time Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. make the trek from the headquarters in Durant to Jones Academy.
Chief Batton and Assistant Chief Austin have been faithful about visiting the students around this time.
They come bearing gifts, good cheer and a message of hope for the future to the students and staff of the school.
On Monday, Dec. 10, they met with the entire student body to share words of encouragement and support from the Choctaw Nation.
Their dialogue was full of praise and motivation.
Chief Batton told them he was proud of them for their hard work and expressed how faith compels us to serve and care about one another.
He wanted to impress on them how “we are all in it together.”
After their talks the Chief and Assistant Chief had a great time on campus listening to and conversing with students.
They chatted about the students’ plans, their homes and goals for the future.
There was a lot of joking around and laughter.
Their visits have always been a blessing and this visit was no exception.
(from left) Chief Gary Batton, Abigale Logston, Aaliyah Moore and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. pose for a photo during Chief and Assistant Chief’s Christmas visit to Jones Academy.
District 6 Councilperson Jennifer Woods, Chief Gary Batton, Sadi Vick, Onnaminti Watson and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. pose for a photo.
(from left) Chief Gary Batton, Jones student Priscilla Trejo Rains, her mother Stephanie Trejo-Rains and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. smile for the camera during the Christmas Celebration at Jones Academy.
Chief Batton shares a laugh with students (from left) Elajah Ellison, Royanna Warner and Amariah Chee during his visit to Jones Academy for Christmas on Dec. 10, 2018.
(from left) Chief Gary Batton shows students Emily Leyja, Makaiya Miller and Amariah Chee something interesting on his phone.