25th CAB partners with schools to give hearing tests

| February 3, 2011 | 0 Comments
Pvt. Stephen Charlie, HHC, 25th CAB, 25th ID, conducts an audio test on a student at Mililani Uka Elementary, Jan. 26.

Pvt. Stephen Charlie, HHC, 25th CAB, 25th ID, conducts an audio test on a student at Mililani Uka Elementary, Jan. 26.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

 

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Soldiers with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, are helping to protect the hearing of students at local elementary schools.

In 2009, the 25th CAB first teamed up with the Mililani Lions Club and Mililani elementary schools to help screen first- through third-graders for hearing impairments. They have continued this partnership, whenever possible.

“The Hearing Screening Program for School-Aged Children is a signature project for the Lions Club and the State of Hawaii,” said Shannon Ching, an audiologist with the Waikiki 2000 Lions. “We mostly cover the Mililani area, but we are trying to increase the number of schools covered.”

The hearing tests help to identify signs and risks of hearing loss early in childhood, which may interfere with education, health or communication.

“It’s good to give back to the community,” said Spc. Nicholas Thompson, intelligence analyst, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 25th CAB. “This is my first time volunteering. No doubt, I would be more than happy to volunteer again.”

“I just enjoy the reaction of the students to the Soldiers; it helps them not to be afraid of the military,” said Norma Tansey, facilitator, Parent Community Network Center, Mililani Uka Elementary.

The audio tests were a success with the aid of the CAB Soldiers, according to Ching.

“We had good cooperation from the 25th CAB during the audio testing,” Ching said. “The community supports the program and lets us come back to continue the audio tests.”

“Every chance you get to help out the community, take it,” Thompson said. “This is a great way to help out with something that is bigger than yourself.”

 

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Category: Army Community Covenant, Community, Education

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