Story and photos by
Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
AIEA — After summer vacation, the students of Webling Elementary School, here, packed their backpacks, and came back for another year of educational fun and learning.
However, as in previous years, they won’t be heading to school alone.
Command teams from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, reaffirmed their commitment to Webling by re-signing the agreement between the unit and the school, July 30. This document is the “Letter of Agreement Between the U.S. Army Hawaii and the Hawaii Public Schools.”
“Fort Shafter has been around since 1907, so that is 105 years that Soldiers from Fort Shafter have been members of this community,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Goodman, commander, 8th STB. “Today we are going to renew that partnership.”
Before the signing, Goodman and Sherrylyn Yamada, principal, Webling Elementary, met with members of the school’s student council. Students expressed excitement about having another year with the Soldiers of the 8th STB. They reminisced about physical training and games with the Soldiers, as well as tutoring and family events.
“We have many Soldiers in the unit who have children who come to this school, as well as children from many other services, like the Navy, Air Force and Marines,” Goodman said. “On behalf of us and every parent, it’s my pleasure to sign this document to show our commitment to the school and the community that we are a part of.”
“We gladly accept the partnership and invite you and all the Soldiers onto our campus at anytime,” Yamada said.
Starting in October, Soldiers will teach physical education and host a Halloween haunted house at Webling.