By CourtesyMay 22, 2014
MILILANI, Hawaii - Soldiers from the 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade volunteered their morning at Mililani Uka Elementary school, to support the school's "GET FIT" program, a program that promotes a healthy and fit lifestyle.
The circuit, led by the engineer Soldiers, consisted of three grueling but amusing fitness stations including parachute games, water relays, and a timed interval physical training post.
The event began with Sgt. Tyriek Andrews, signal support noncommissioned officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, emphasizing the importance of stretching and warming up your muscles.
"Everyone down, all the way down," Andrews said during the warm-up pushups to the students and teachers.
After the warm up, the Soldiers were paired up with a class and led them through each station. As the classes competed in the various challenge, they had smiles from ear to ear, he continued.
Teamwork was essential during the water relays as students had to transfer water from one bucket to another 25 feet away. As the races ended, the students were either drenched from sweat or simply having an amazing time in the water on a hot day.
The Soldiers conducting the training at the timed interval post bonded with the students as they moved from station to station; performing various exercises such as side straddle hops, rear lunges, and grapevines.
"Volunteering and giving back is an essential part of the Army values that our Soldiers strive to display each and every day," said Andrews. "Also, it was nice to see the physical endurance of the students."
After the event, each soldier joined the classes in the school's cafeteria for a delicious and nutritious lunch with the students, said Pfc. Richard Landrau, the operations clerk for HHC.
"While approaching students in the cafeteria, we couldn't help but feel an overwhelming amount of joy just to have a few moments of our time to talk and ask questions," he said.
Students asked questions and told jokes, and enjoyed every second of eating with their heroes.