Story and Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class Adam Phelps
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs
HONOLULU — Before the school year ended, Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command spent a day with students at Linapuni Elementary School, here, recently.
Soldiers spent the day organizing and participating in events such as basketball, football, dancing, and more.
“It made me feel great because that’s what I fight for and I really enjoy the kids,” said Staff Sgt. William Strohl, motor sergeant, 94th AAMDC.
“I love children and this event made me feel honored that they allowed me to be a part of it,” said Spc. Natanya Russell, security manager, 94th AAMDC. “I wanted to do something that made a difference to others. It feels more rewarding.”
Soldiers have various reasons for volunteering their services but when it comes to Linapuni, there is only one reason.
“That’s what we should do as Soldiers; when we do things like this it supports our community and families,” Strohl said. “Volunteering is a big part of my life and I like to help people get ahead. (I) like to share my knowledge that I have to the younger generation.”
For some Soldiers, this was their first time volunteering at Linapuni and from the reception and smiles they received, it will not be their last.
“I volunteer every chance I get and would absolutely do it again,” Russell said. “Being a volunteer is more than just saying what you would change. It’s about taking steps to make those changes. I see these children and it makes me want to help change things for them.”
Linapuna Elementary School belongs to the School Partnership Program, a partnership between Hawaii public schools and the military. The program was created in the 1980’s to build a stable and consistent relationship between school and military communities.