558th MP Co. helps students celebrate Blue Ribbon status

| January 7, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spc. Randall Peaslee (left) and Spc. Bruno De Alcantara, 558th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, demostrate lunges during the Blue Ribbon Award field day, Dec.16, at Waialua Elementary.Spc. Randall Peaslee (left) and Spc. Bruno De Alcantara, 558th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, demostrate lunges during the Blue Ribbon Award field day, Dec.16, at Waialua Elementary.

Spc. Randall Peaslee (left) and Spc. Bruno De Alcantara, 558th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, demostrate lunges during the Blue Ribbon Award field day, Dec.16, at Waialua Elementary.

Story and Photos by
Pfc. Marcus Fichtl
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

WAIALUA — Soldiers with the 558th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, participated in Waialua Elementary’s Blue Ribbon Award field day, here, Dec. 16.

The Soldiers conducted physical fitness class with students, showed off their humvee and donated school supplies.

“It’s terrific that the Army comes out here to support the school; the best thing about them coming out is the interaction the children have with the Soldiers,” said Scott Moore, principal, Waialua Elementary School. “It’s great that the children are being exposed to the values and culture of military, instilling into the kids how to get the job done and work through obstacles.”

Spc. Michelle Smith, 558th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, conducts physical training with Waialua Elementary students. And role models.

Spc. Michelle Smith, 558th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, conducts physical training with Waialua Elementary students. And role models.

Unfortunately, obstacles are something these students are very familiar with.

“Fifty percent of our students are from low-income families and are on subsidized school lunches,” Moore said.

But rather than accepting its fate as a low-income school, the school has embraced its challenges, earning Blue Ribbon recognition from the U.S. Department of Education through its Blue Ribbon Schools Program.

“The Blue Ribbon is awarded to low-income schools with exceptionally high test scores or a dramatic improvement in test scores; something that couldn’t be done without donations and volunteers,” Moore said.

 

“We see the military as nothing but a positive asset (that) we can never have too much of,” Moore said. “The men and women of the military provide that strong, stable role model that many kids in our school need.”

“Having the military come out, gives the kids something they can think about in the future, somebody to look up to, to realize what they can be,” said Staff Sgt. Paoa Fua, 558th MP Co.

“I was born and raised in Brazil; it’s a poor country (and) when we saw military people come to our school, we thought ‘this is what we can be,’” said Spc. Bruno De Alcantara, 558th MP Co. “When I came to America, an American family helped us out. There was no better way than joining the military, to pay them back.”

As the Soldiers carried the school supplies to the school at the end of the field day, children flocked to the Soldiers from across the playground. The kids’ appreciation helped remind the Soldiers who they are.

“Seeing the kids smile and appreciate what we were teaching them was great,” Fua said. “You see Army people every day, (so) seeing the kids reactions makes you appreciate being a Soldier.”

“There was a kid who came up to me and showed me his dog tags and (said) how he wanted to be a Soldier; those little things really impressed me,” De Alcantara said.

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