FORT HOOD, Texas- The Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division have contributed more than 800 hours of service to the Venable Village Elementary School since August, 2009.

The school held a Volunteer Appreciation breakfast, May 13, to honor the parents and Soldiers who volunteered their time over the past year.

"It is amazing what these Soldiers have done for the kids," said Rocky Young, of Harker Heights, Texas, the school's liaison to the battalion. "Most of our children have parents in the Army. Quite a few of them have parents deployed. Every time we can get Soldiers into the school, the kids eyes just light up."

The troops read aloud to students, assisted teachers with the students who needed individual attention and helped explain mistakes on homework.

"I have never heard of any Soldiers coming back from the school who did not thoroughly enjoy themselves," commented Maj. Tito Villanueva, a native of College Station, Texas, the battalion's operations officer. "We never have a shortage of volunteers whenever we ask for them."