‘Broncos’ deliver bookstands to Wahiawa Elementary students

| December 9, 2010 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Ryan Ventura, Co. B., 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, displays the engraved 3rd BCT Bronco on one of the four bookstands the brigade delivered to Wahiawa Elementary, Dec. 2. ( Sgt. Nathan Akridge | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Ryan Ventura, Co. B., 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, displays the engraved 3rd BCT Bronco on one of the four bookstands the brigade delivered to Wahiawa Elementary, Dec. 2. ( Sgt. Nathan Akridge | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson & Sgt. Nathan Akridge
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with the “Bronco” Brigade made a special visit to Wahiawa Elementary, Dec. 2, to deliver four handmade bookstands.

Lt. Col. Joseph Morrow, commander; Command Sgt. Maj. Vance Snider; and 1st Lt. Kassie Villanueva, Civil Affairs, all of the 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, visited the school to learn how the unit could help.

“(The school) said they needed bookstands, so we decided to build them,” Villanueva said. “Instead of buying the desks for themselves, they could use that money where it’s needed.”

Spc. Jeremy Haas, Company A, who made the bookstands, engraved a bronco into the wood.

“I like the bookstands because it has a horse,” said Damien Nakapaahu-Paahana, who attends kindergarten.

“I love the fact that (the desk) can be used as a bookstand and is awesome for storage,” said Naomi Salaveria, kindergarten teacher at Wahiawa Elementary. “The kids were excited. You could see it in their eyes. You could just hear the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs.’”

“(What is important) is the unity of working together,” said Troy Tamura, principal, Wahiawa Elementary. “It makes it even more special that someone cared enough to make something for these kids.”

“I hope it helps them to respect us and accept us,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan Ventura, Company B. “I’m from here, and I think this will show them we’re here to help. It will help them realize we’re more than just fighters.”

 

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