Barracks Life
SPC Jasmine Remick

COMMENTARY

The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program has excelled to new heights since it was fully implemented in 1991.

The single Soldiers in 135th Quartermaster Company, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division demonstrated it even further with their contributions to community services, especially with their Adopt-A-School Program activities at Brittin Elementary School.

The unit received a plaque for Outstanding Mentorship Program for last year’s activities, and is currently planning to recruit more Soldiers to continue their success this year.

Activities include Soldiers volunteering their time and services to both students and teachers for two to three hours a day, once a week. They assist students on a one-on-one basis with computer labs or academics. They also read books to students in both group settings and one-on-one, if required.

Mentoring military children helps develop social skills, and communicates the emotions of a deployed parent or new arrivals to the Family, said Sgt. Frank Carson, the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield BOSS president. Soldiers also discourage bullying and find alternatives to negative behavior.

Carson added that the key component to this program is the consistency of positive role models for military kids; as their parents make difficult sacrifices, so do our children. The program is so rewarding for everyone involved. The students are nurtured with support from parents, teachers, faculty, and even the 3rd ID Soldiers, he said, adding that Soldiers get a sense of self gratitude by the way they make a difference in the children’s lives.

Mentoring our military children helps develop social skills and communicates the emotions of a deployed parent or new arrivals to the family. Soldiers also discourage bullying and find alternatives to negative behavior.

The key component to this program is the consistency of positive role models for our military kids; as their parents make difficult sacrifices, so do our children. The program is so rewarding for everyone involved. Our students are nurtured with support from parents, teachers, faculty, and even our own 3ID soldiers. Soldiers get a sense of self gratitude by the way they make a difference in the children’s lives.

The future plans of the BOSS Adopt-A-School Program are to recruit more Soldiers so more students can partake in this grand opportunity. The 135th Quartermaster Panthers continuously live the Army Values. Their act of selfless service is more evident through the Adopt-A-School Program, and we are thankful for them.

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