‘Bulldogs’ dig in to clean up Mililani Uka Elementary School campus

| April 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 523rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, work alongside community volunteers, April 2, at Mililani Uka Elementary School campus. (2nd Lt. Laura Beth Beebe | 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Soldiers from the 523rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, work alongside community volunteers, April 2, at Mililani Uka Elementary School campus. (2nd Lt. Laura Beth Beebe | 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

2nd Lt. Bryant Watrous
84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

MILILANI — Soldiers bearing shovels, wheelbarrows and an eagerness to work helped beautify a local elementary school, here, April 2.

Soldiers with the 523rd Engineer Company, “Bulldogs,” 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, joined in Mililani Uka Elementary School’s Campus Beautification Day.

Throughout the day, Soldiers, administrators, teachers and students spread topsoil and mulch, cleaned up playground equipment and repainted hopscotch areas.

1st Sgt. Richard Crichton (left), 523rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, and Jared Yamaguchi, a local youth pastor, prepare to plant and lay mulch at Mililani Uka Elementary School, recently. (2nd Lt. Laura Beth Beebe | 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

1st Sgt. Richard Crichton (left), 523rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, and Jared Yamaguchi, a local youth pastor, prepare to plant and lay mulch at Mililani Uka Elementary School, recently. (2nd Lt. Laura Beth Beebe | 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

The Soldiers worked with students, parents and other volunteers from the community to improve the play areas for the students.

Volunteers from Hope Central Church were also on-site, and together, they were able to replace plants and mulch in areas that had been neglected.

Members of the local community were pleased to see the Bulldog Soldiers helping local schools with such enthusiasm.

“I value this opportunity to work with the engineers; they are hard workers. … They know how to get something done,” said Coz Spofford, a community volunteer and a former service member.

He said that the Soldiers had “the most motivation and heart (I’ve) seen in a long time.”

Mililani Uka faculty were pleased with the large amount of support from the 84th Eng. Bn. and the local community, as well.

“I am always amazed at what a few people can accomplish when they work together,” said Norma Tamsey, volunteer coordinator, Mililani Uka. “It was great to see the Mililani Uka community come together. The ’before’ and ‘after’ pictures of the different areas are incredible.”

Tamsey added that she is “deeply appreciative of the efforts and cooperation of our military partners.”

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