State Senate salutes local volunteerism
April 12, 2013
HONOLULU (April 12, 2013) -- The Hawaii State Senate honored all branches of the U.S. armed services in Hawaii for their volunteerism in public schools across the state with a Certificate of Recognition ceremony at the State Capitol, here, Friday.
Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield, chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Command, accepted the award on behalf of all volunteers.
The Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Hawaii National Guard have volunteered of their time, talent and resources in supporting 147 partnerships in 136 K-12 public schools throughout Hawaii.
"The partnerships formed with the military have benefits that go well beyond the positive improvements seen in our schools and classrooms," said Sen. Jill Tokuda, chair, Senate Committee on Education, who presented the award.
"(These alliances) create strong relationships and bonds between our military members and our school communities as they work together for what is best for all of Hawaii's keiki,"^Tokuda continued. "Our military volunteers bring a wealth of expertise and energy to share with our students, and they have shown their dedication and commitment to helping us build stronger communication while supporting our schools."
In 2012, Hawaii's military service members provided more than 10,000 volunteer hours to public schools. Service projects included helping with campus beautification projects, partnering with the Hawaii 3R's program to repair and maintain public schools, providing mentoring and tutoring, promoting physical fitness and healthy lifestyle programs, and assisting with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.
In addition, the military branches partner with the Junior Reserved Officers Training Corps (JROTC) at high schools to provide opportunities to reinforce what is learned in the classrooms with field trips to military bases, parades, summer leadership schools, drill team competitions, military balls, honorary academic groups and other community activities.