By Staff Sgt. David PadillaMarch 13, 2013
The 500th Military Intelligence Brigade renewed its partnership with Waialua Intermediate and High School at a signing ceremony held at the school's library, Waialua, Hawaii, Feb. 14.
Col. William Mangan, commander, 500th MI Brigade, and Randiann Porras-Tang, school principal, signed the memorandum of agreement to continue the brigade's Army School Partnership Program commitment of supporting the students' academic goals and the school's campus upgrades.
"Our goal is to provide a committed, sustainable volunteer effort to Waialua High School wherein quality support is our focus," Mangan said.
Before the signing, students gave a brief presentation on some of the school's specialized curriculum and achievements.
The signing was followed by a handshake, a smile and the principal's outlook on the relationship.
"We look forward to having you, and any support you can give us, we will gladly take," Porras-Tang said. "We are glad that you are a part of our family."
After the signing, Lorri Sonann, school liaison, provided a tour of the school to Mangan and leaders from the 715th MI Battalion. During the walk-through, commanders visited the school's Robotics workshop and were treated to a musical arrangement at music class.
They were able to talk with teachers and the athletic director, as well.
The brigade and school began their relationship through the Army School Partnership Program in December 2008.
In collaboration with the 715th MI Battalion, the working relationship has allowed volunteer Soldiers to support the school by providing color guards for graduation ceremonies and homecoming parades, tutoring and campus beautification.