94th AAMDC assists Linapuni Elementary awards

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. 1st Class Wesley Burton (center), senior chaplain assistant, 94th AAMDC, presents an award to a Linapuni Elementary School student at the awards day ceremony held at the school, recently.

Sgt. 1st Class Wesley Burton (center), senior chaplain assistant, 94th AAMDC, presents an award to a Linapuni Elementary School student at the awards day ceremony held at the school, recently.

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

HONOLULU — Senior leaders from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command presented awards to the children of Linapuni Elementary School during their end of school award day ceremony, May 24.

The award day was held in order to recognize the children for all of their achievements and hard work during the school year.

Command Sgt. Maj. Tedd Pritchard, senior enlisted leader, 94th AAMDC, gives Linapuni Elementary School students a round of high-fives before the start of the award day ceremony.

Command Sgt. Maj. Tedd Pritchard, senior enlisted leader, 94th AAMDC, gives Linapuni Elementary School students a round of high-fives before the start of the award day ceremony.

Parents, teachers, neighbors and other supporters throughout the community gathered in the school’s courtyard to show their support during the ceremony.

“Beyond the partnership between the Army and the local community, there’s sort of a fatherhood and motherhood presence when we’re at the school,” said Sgt. 1st Class Wesley Burton, the 94th AAMDC senior chaplain assistant. “A lot of those kids come from homes that may not be fully supported by both parents, and for us to be role models, whether male or female, I think is a big deal for the kids.

“My favorite part of the award ceremony was when the kids came out and did the traditional dances,” Burton added. “I think that was an awesome experience because you see kids reaching back to their cultural roots and still displaying it to us today.”

Linapuni Elementary School is an early childhood center serving prekindergarten to grade 1. The school has students from Micronesia, Samoa, Philippines, Hawaii, Indonesia and Russia.

The 94th AAMDC has assisted Linapuni for several years now as part of the military’s school partnership program. It was created to increase rapport with the surrounding communities around military installations and to build stable relationships with local schools throughout the year and beyond.

Various awards were presented, including the “bucket filler award,” for volunteers.

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