65th Eng. Bn. partners with Mililani Middle School to help students, projects

| September 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
Errol Hahn (left), Mililani Middle School, escorts Lt. Col. Daniel Koprowski, commander, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde, 8th TSC, through the school’s arts wing, Sept. 14. The school offers art and humanities programs, including an orchestra and a digital media lab

Errol Hahn (left), Mililani Middle School, escorts Lt. Col. Daniel Koprowski, commander, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde, 8th TSC, through the school’s arts wing, Sept. 14. The school offers art and humanities programs, including an orchestra and a digital media lab

Story and Photo by
2nd Lt. Kyle Suchomski
65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

MILILANI — The 65th Engineer Battalion is continuing its efforts to build a relationship with local organizations and to facilitate a lasting partnership within the surrounding community.

Lt. Col. Daniel Koprowski, commander, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, toured Mililani Middle School and met with its faculty and students, Sept. 14.

“Educators and Soldiers share a common purpose in that we both serve others, and in our own ways, we each work to secure our nation’s future,” Koprowski said. “That’s why we’re so happy to partner with Mililani Middle School, and so enthusiastic about this new relationship.”

Mililani Middle School is home to more than 1,800 students, and is the primary feeder for Mililani High School. Not surprisingly, about 13 percent of the student body, nearly 235 children, are from local military families.

The Army has a longstanding history of working with communities that surround its installations. These relationships improve quality of life, not only for residents of the surrounding areas, but also for Soldiers who reside, shop or spend their free time in these communities.

By partnering with area schools, neighborhood associations and similar local organizations, the Army demonstrates that it is a good neighbor and can have a positive impact on the surrounding community.

Soldiers of the 65th Eng. Bn. hope to build on the school’s and students’ success by getting involved in a wide array of projects and events throughout the school year. One project that the 65th Eng. Bn. plans to support is the school’s community service project that students will design and implement.

Elynne Chung, principal, Mililani Middle School, highlighted that the partnership is a reciprocal relationship. Just as the 65th Eng. Bn. plans to help with fulfilling some of the school’s projects, Mililani Middle School would also like to help the battalion and its Soldiers. For example, students could write “thank you” letters to deployed Soldiers.

Collaboration between the military and Hawaii’s public schools is not limited to the 65th Eng. Bn. Units from each U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii installation have paired up with local schools as part of the School Partnership Program.

Wayne Yoshino, school liaison officer, USAG-HI, manages the program and has seen it grow during the past few years.

“This program has been a win-win situation for the Army and (Department of Education) schools,” Yoshino said. “Community service has been a long-range goal for our Army command. Through this endeavor, many lives have been touched and impacted through the years, whether through tutoring, beautification of campuses, interaction between Soldiers and students, or one of many other service projects.”

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