Wolfpack soldiers lead Mililani Uka Elementary during 'Get Fit' day
October 10, 2013
MILILANI, Hawaii - The 643rd Vertical Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, volunteered Sept. 27 at Mililani Uka Elementary School during a daylong "Get Fit" event.
The 26 "Wolfpack" soldiers participated in the event that was designed to encourage a positive fitness lifestyle and behaviors.
The day started early for the soldiers as they arrived at Mililani Uka to help set up the stations and rehearse the events for the day's activities. By the time the students arrived, each soldier partnered with a class, welcoming them with high-fives.
Pvt. Trevor Bass and Pvt. Jakobus Snel took the microphone and lead the whole school of students in physical readiness training warm-up exercises.
"It was an honor to have the opportunity to make a good impression on students and to see their faces light up as we took them through our daily warm-up," said Bass.
The motivation was mutual as soldiers led their classes through an obstacle course, a jump rope station, and a water relay. The presence of soldiers to run each of the three stations helped show students how much fun they can have while staying active.
All day long, teachers, community members, parents, students, and soldiers shared in the excitement and enthusiasm of the day's events. Soldiers joined the students in the cafeteria as they ate meals cooked by parents as a thank you for mentoring and motivating their children.
"Having the chance to eat lunch with the soldiers is a highlight for the students as it allows them to talk and learn more about life in the military creating better connections with our volunteers," said Norma Tansey, the event's coordinator school and Army liaison. "Thank you to Lt. Col Reisinger and the 84th Engineers for helping to make this event possible as the soldiers were crucial to this event's success."
This event is just one of many that the 84th Engineer Battalion participates in during their partnership with Mililani Uka Elementary School. The next event will be Nov. 8 with their annual Fall Fest.