It's all for the Kids
June 5, 2012
FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII-- Students at Linapuni Elementary School were excited for school to begin because they got the opportunity to spend the day with Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command on May 18, 2012.
Soldiers spent the day organizing and participating in events at the school such as basketball, football, dancing, hula hooping and more.
It was not only a rewarding experience for the children but for the Soldiers as well.
"It made me feel great because that's what I fight for and I really enjoy the kids," said Staff Sgt William L. Strohl, the 94th AAMDC motor sergeant and a native of Morgantown, WV.
"I love children and this event made me feel honored that they allowed me to be a part of it," said Spc. Natanya Russell, a security manager for the 94th AAMDC and a native of Brooklyn.
Soldiers have various reasons for volunteering their services but when it comes to Linapuni, there is only one reason.
"That's what we should do as Soldiers, when we do things like this it supports our community and families," said Strohl. "Volunteering is a big part of my life and I like to help people get ahead and like to share my knowledge that I have to the younger generation."
When asked why she volunteered Russell said, "I wanted to do something that made a difference to others. It feels more rewarding."
For some Soldiers this was their first time volunteering at Linapuni and from the reception and smiles they received, it will not be their last.
"I volunteer every chance I get and would absolutely do it again," said Russell. "I have previously volunteered to read to the students prior to this event."
"Being a volunteer is more than just saying what you would change, said Russell. "It's about taking steps to make those changes. I see these children and it makes me want to help change things for them. I will always give my time to them, as long as they'll have me."
Linapuna Elementary School is part of the School Partnership Program. The School Partnership Program has a working agreement and close relationship between Army units and public schools. By working in harmony, the quality of education at the schools continues to improve by drawing on resources and expertise of Army personnel as they volunteer at the schools here in Hawaii.