8th STB renews school partnership

| November 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry (left), commander, 8th TSC, talks with students at Gustav H. Webling Elementary School during his visit, Nov. 4. Terry visited the school to reaffirm the 8th TSC’s committment to the school's success.

Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry (left), commander, 8th TSC, talks with students at Gustav H. Webling Elementary School during his visit, Nov. 4. Terry visited the school to reaffirm the 8th TSC’s committment to the school's success.

Story and Photos by
Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

AIEA — The 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command and Gustav H. Webling Elementary School recently renewed their partnership for another year, here, Oct. 28.

The renewed partnership kicked off with the school’s fall festival when 8th STB Soldiers helped set up and tear down game booths, ensuring games and booths ran smoothly.

“The 8th STB and Webling Elementary School have a mutual relationship,” said Maj. Peter Caggiano, executive officer, 8th STB. “The Soldiers are here to help support the kids, help support the community and help support the school. The community gives so much to the military on a daily basis. They give their time, their support, their love and money; this is just one way we can give back for all the awesome things that they do for us.”

Spc. Quinten Booker (left), command and staff aide, 8th STB, 8th TSC and school liaison Webling Elementary School, encourages a student during the school’s fall festival, Oct. 28.

Spc. Quinten Booker (left), command and staff aide, 8th STB, 8th TSC and school liaison Webling Elementary School, encourages a student during the school’s fall festival, Oct. 28.

The relationship between the 8th STB and Webling is part of U.S. Army-Hawaii’s Partnership of Ohana Community Relations Program to get Soldiers more involved in the communities that support them.

“The military is part of the community, so why not give back to something that you are a part of ?” said Spc. Quinten Booker, command and staff aide, 8th STB, and the school liaison for Webling Elementary School. “Everyone in the community is super supportive of everything we do, so we want to give back.”

Wearing Halloween costumes, students went from booth to booth to play games, winning prizes and candy. Also, Soldiers painted Halloween-type masks on the children’s faces at a face-painting station.

Students, however, weren’t the only ones having a good time.

“I am having a blast!” said Sgt. Allyson Jene Layport, unit advisor, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers. “All the kids look adorable in their pretty little costumes.”

This event was the first of many that the school and the 8th STB will participate in together. Last year, Soldiers helped with tutoring, gardening and a few other partnership programs.

“This is just the beginning for this year’s activities,” Caggiano said. “As time goes on, we will continue to support the school, the community and to make this a great environment for both the Soldiers and the students.”

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Category: Army Community Covenant, Community, Community Relations, Leadership

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