Signaleers, keiki get moving

| February 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
Capt. Steven Lester (back), commander, HHC, 311th Sig. Cmd. (T), starts the clock as Spc. Kawaiola Nahale (front) begins the obstacle course with a group of Fern Elementary students as part of the school's annual Drug Free Schools/Jump Rope for Heart Field Day, Feb. 13.

Capt. Steven Lester (back), commander, HHC, 311th Sig. Cmd. (T), starts the clock as Spc. Kawaiola Nahale (front) begins the obstacle course with a group of Fern Elementary students as part of the school’s annual Drug Free Schools/Jump Rope for Heart Field Day, Feb. 13.

Story and photos by
Liana Mayo
311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs

HONOLULU — A dozen Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 311th Signal Command (Theater), visited Fern Elementary School, here, to support students during the school’s annual Drug Free Schools/Jump Rope for Heart Field Day, Feb. 13.

Sgt. 1st Class Moses David (left) and Spc. Travis Anderson assist Fern Elementary School students across a portion of the obstacle course during the field day.

Sgt. 1st Class Moses David (left) and Spc. Travis Anderson assist Fern Elementary School students across a portion of the obstacle course during the field day.

The Soldiers served as timekeepers for the students’ obstacle course and provided supplies for children to explore, such as camouflage netting, an EZ-Up shelter and several tactical vehicles on static display.

The field day is part of the school’s initiative to promote an active, healthy lifestyle and introduce students to positive role models and professional opportunities.

“I think the Soldiers provide excellent role models for our students,” said Cedric Chu, Fern Elementary school counselor. “What we’re trying to do with our annual drug-free field day, Jump Rope for Heart, is to familiarize our children with healthy activities in life and show them alternatives to video games, watching TV and getting in with the wrong crowd. The Soldiers are here with us, providing the obstacle course, to help show our students how fun it is to be fit, and hopefully inspire active lifestyles.”

Spc. Ashley Banks-Hester, HHC, 311th Sig. Cmd. (T), shows a Fern Elementary School student  how to conduct a proper salute.

Spc. Ashley Banks-Hester, HHC, 311th Sig. Cmd. (T), shows a Fern Elementary School student how to conduct a proper salute.

“This was the second consecutive year we were invited to participate in the school’s field day,” said 1st Sgt. Martin Jenkins, HHC, 311th Sig. Cmd. (T), adding that Soldiers also enjoy the event as a meaningful way to share positive experiences of outdoor activity with the children to form healthy habits for life.

The Soldiers of the 311th have become acquainted with the faculty, staff and students of Fern Elementary over the past year through the cooperative reading program Read Out Loud! in which Soldiers read to students once a month.

The program began in November 2011 and has received accolades from teachers, who have said the interaction with Soldiers inspires improved behavior from students.

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