ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- They came, they saw, and they went.
About 560 students from the Rock Island Center for Math and Science arrived a few minutes past 9 a.m. Nov. 8 and toured many areas here as part of the school's teaching on Veterans Day.
Students ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade arrived on school buses and went to different locations to see, touch, and learn about what goes on.
While some students went to the arsenal's Lock and Dam, others went to the foundry, to the Rock Island Arsenal Museum; an outdoor display of weapons at Memorial Field, and to the Rock Island Network Operations Center. Others were given an island-wide tour including Quarters One, the Clock Tower building, and Satellite Communications.
While at Memorial Field, first graders ran around, looked and read about the former massive weapons of Army warfare. At the museum, second-grade students tried on military headgear and donned uniforms along with viewing the displays.
This is the first time the U.S. Army Sustainment Command has provided such support for this number of school children, said George Eaton, interim strategic communications director, U.S. Army Sustainment Command.
RICMS is a public elementary school focused on science, technology, engineering and math, in addition to the traditional academic curriculum. It is part of the Rock Island-Milan District No. 41.