94th AAMDC donates to school

| February 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Col. Gary Norris (right) and Sgt. 1st Class Wesley Burton (left), both members of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command's unit ministry team, pose with Susan Kondo, the parent community networking facilitator, at Linapuni Elementary School as they drop off donations of school supplies, Friday.

Col. Gary Norris (right) and Sgt. 1st Class Wesley Burton (left), both members of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s unit ministry team, pose with Susan Kondo, the parent community networking facilitator, at Linapuni Elementary School as they drop off donations of school supplies, Friday.

Story and photo by
Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command donated school supplies to the Linapuni Elementary School, Friday.

The donations will help resupply the school with much-needed items that are required throughout the school year.

“We are very grateful for the donations from the 94th AAMDC,” said Susan Kondo, the parent community networking facilitator at Linapuni Elementary School.

“We have children here who live in poverty, come to school without school supplies and are less fortunate than other kids who have parents who work, so the school has to supplement them,” she explained.

“Donating those school supplies to Linapuni Elementary School made me feel good, because we’re able to help them out in a time of need,” said Sgt.1st Class Wesley Burton, a member of the 94th AAMDC’s unit ministry team.

“This is a school with a very tight budget, and something as basic as paper towels are hard to come by, so we try to help out when we can,” he continued. “The 94th AAMDC tries to do this every year between Christmas and New Year, and we also help out with their field day, “reading out loud” program and other programs that we supply volunteers for.”

“With our budget being what it is, there is only room for the most-needed supplies, like pencils, crayons and composition notebooks, and donations of any kind are greatly appreciated,” Kondo said. “People don’t realize that in the middle of the school year, our pencils are very short, with no erasers; the books are all broken and need replacing; and crayons are all unwrapped and in bits.”

Burton also noted that, when military units are active in the community, they help foster great working relationships.

“Programs like this strengthen the bond between the military installations and the local community, and this is one of the reasons that we participate,” he explained.

Linapuni Elementary School belongs to the School Partnership Program, a partnership between Hawaii public schools and the military. The program was created in the 1980s to build a stable and consistent relationship between school and military communities.

“Linapuni Elementary School would like to thank the 94th AAMDC,” said Kondo. “They have always been there for us, and we can always depend on the 94th AAMDC and its unit ministry team.

“Col. Gary Norris and Sgt. 1st Class Wesley Burton have always been dedicated to helping us, and we’re very appreciative of this,” Kondo added.

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