Terry visits local schools sponsored by 8th TSC

| September 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry (second from right), commanding general, 8th TSC, and Col. Latonya Lynn (right), commander, 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, listen as a student from the Waialua Elementary School discusses afterschool programs, Aug.18.FORT SHAFTER — Leaders from 8th Theater Sustainment Command recently visited Waialua Elementary School and Haleiwa Elementary School.

Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general, 8th TSC, and Col. Latonya Lynn, commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th TSC, were also accompanied by several 8th MP Soldiers on their visits to the schools. 

The 8th TSC shares a partnership with these schools through the Joint Venture Education Forum, or JVEF. The joint partnership helps local schools with textbooks, computers, playgrounds, and repair and maintenance projects. JVEF involves the military, public schools, businesses, the legislature and others in the goal of facilitating communication and actions about schooling in Hawaii.

“We have a deep interest in what’s going on (in local schools),” Terry said.

“Our main focus is to find out what our sponsored schools need, and what the partnership can do to help,” said Lt. Col Sandra Muchow, commander, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC. 

Soldiers volunteer their time and efforts to take part in some of the local activities of the schools, while helping build relationships throughout the community. Many 8th TSC Soldiers have been chosen based on their long-term availability, knowledge and personal skills.

“I like to interview and hand pick the Soldiers I am sending to the schools, to make sure they are aware of the commitment they are about to take part in,” Muchow said.

Through the partnership, military personnel provide additional staffing for programs, help develop one-on-one relationship with students, extend a helping hand beautifying and painting school grounds, and help students improve self-esteem, positive attitudes and behavior through individualized tutoring and assistance.

“We want to make sure that the Soldier is committed to the program, and that the students have consistency and are able to develop a bond with that Soldier,” Terry said. 

“Any opportunity that a child has to meet a military person leaves a positive effect on (the child),” said Twila Richvalsky, Parent Community Network Center liaison, Waialua Elementary School. “Soldiers are very important to us.”

The positive involvement and encouragement of adults helps to inspire students’ higher test scores and grades, better attendance, higher completion rate of homework, higher graduation rates and greater enrollment in higher education. 

Story and Photo by Sgt. Phillis White8th Theater Sustainment Command Public AffairsFORT SHAFTER — Leaders from 8th Theater Sustainment Command recently visited Waialua Elementary School and Haleiwa Elementary School.Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general, 8th TSC, and Col. Latonya Lynn, commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th TSC, were also accompanied by several 8th MP Soldiers on their visits to the schools. The 8th TSC shares a partnership with these schools through the Joint Venture Education Forum, or JVEF. The joint partnership helps local schools with textbooks, computers, playgrounds, and repair and maintenance projects. JVEF involves the military, public schools, businesses, the legislature and others in the goal of facilitating communication and actions about schooling in Hawaii.“We have a deep interest in what’s going on (in local schools),” Terry said.“Our main focus is to find out what our sponsored schools need, and what the partnership can do to help,” said Lt. Col Sandra Muchow, commander, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC. Soldiers volunteer their time and efforts to take part in some of the local activities of the schools, while helping build relationships throughout the community. Many 8th TSC Soldiers have been chosen based on their long-term availability, knowledge and personal skills.“I like to interview and hand pick the Soldiers I am sending to the schools, to make sure they are aware of the commitment they are about to take part in,” Muchow said.Through the partnership, military personnel provide additional staffing for programs, help develop one-on-one relationship with students, extend a helping hand beautifying and painting school grounds, and help students improve self-esteem, positive attitudes and behavior through individualized tutoring and assistance.“We want to make sure that the Soldier is committed to the program, and that the students have consistency and are able to develop a bond with that Soldier,” Terry said. “Any opportunity that a child has to meet a military person leaves a positive effect on (the child),” said Twila Richvalsky, Parent Community Network Center liaison, Waialua Elementary School. “Soldiers are very important to us.”The positive involvement and encouragement of adults helps to inspire students’ higher test scores and grades, better attendance, higher completion rate of homework, higher graduation rates and greater enrollment in higher education. 

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