84th Eng. Bn. supports Mililani Uka’s Fall Festival

| November 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Capt. Jeremy Tilley
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion
130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Spc. Elida Parra, a human resources specialist with HHC, 84th Eng Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, helps run the “Fruit Hoops” carnival booth for students of Mililani Uka Elementary School during their 2010 Fall Festival community fundraiser, Nov. 12. The unit has a standing partnership with the school. (Capt. Christopher Ren | 84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

MILILANI — Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th Theater Sustainment Command, helped a local elementary school raise money at the school’s annual fair.

The unit, which has a standing partnership with Mililani Uka Elementary School, participated in the school’s Fall Festival, here, Nov. 12.

Fall Festival is a carnival-type fair sponsored by Hui O Mililani Uka, the school’s parent organization. The festival raises money for the school’s programs, activities and initiatives.

Twenty-one Soldiers helped set up more than 30 games, food booths and activities. Teachers and students operated the activities, with help from local volunteers and the engineer Soldiers.

Soldiers brought in a military vehicle for children to climb into, and also provided radios so children could make calls to other Soldiers. In addition, Soldiers sorted books for a book sale, helped with parking and operated a roving safety patrol throughout the event.

“You can tell the students have been excited about this event for a while, and now that it is finally here, they are really enjoying it,” said Spc. Sherwin Bulaon, a volunteer at the event and a combat engineer with HHC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

Families and Soldiers were impressed with the high attendance and how much everyone enjoyed the event. Many parents also commented that the children were excited to interact and work with the Soldiers as they operated the games and food booths.

Master Sgt. Erika Gordon, equal opportunity advisor, 130th Eng. Bde., whose daughter attends Mililani Uka Elementary, said her daughter “…was very proud to have (the Soldiers) there and told everyone what unit they were from.”

The 84th Eng. Bn. partners with Mililani Uka Elementary School to promote Soldier involvement in the community and provide role models and mentors for the students.

Events such as Fall Festival and the school’s “Get Moving, Get Fit” campaign provide opportunities for Soldiers and local students to interact.

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