Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
AIEA — Soldiers of the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, continued their commitment to Webling Elementary School by participating in its annual walk-a-thon for technology, here, Dec. 2.
The event promotes the school’s Technology Department and has been going strong for more than 10 years, said Sherry Yamada, principal, Webling Elementary School.
“We had the kids get pledges from their families and friends,” she said. “So far, we’ve raised more than $8,000 for our Technology Dept.”
More than 25 Soldiers from the 8th STB were on hand to show their support, walk with kids, give them water, and run the misting stations.
“The Soldiers support us in every program we have,” Yamada said. “They are always here and eager to work with us.”
8th STB Soldiers are more than happy to come out to the school and help out, said Spc. Quinton Booker, command team driver, 8th STB.
“The Soldiers love it,” he said. “You can look around and see the smiles on their faces and the fun they are having playing with the kids.”
Besides funds that the benefit is raising, the walk is helping to boost children’s morale and good health.
“We want the kids to grow up and not have the problems that come with being overweight,” Booker said. “We want all of them to have a fun, proactive life.”
8th STB Soldiers are promoting good health in other ways, too, with a physical education program and other PE-type events.
“We push our motto: ‘Healthy bodies, healthy minds,’” Yamada said.
8th STB Soldiers love visiting the school and participating in community events, Booker said.
“They love to see us come here, it gives us both something to look forward to, and like I always say, we are in the military, but still part of the community,” Yamada said.