94th AAMDC teaches ‘health and wellness’ to keiki

| May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC join students of Linapuni Elementary School for breakfast just before the the start of the school's annual field day, here, April 24. The 94th AAMDC and Linapuni have been a part of Hawaii's School Partnership Program since 2006.

Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC join students of Linapuni Elementary School for breakfast just before the the start of the school’s annual field day, here, April 24. The 94th AAMDC and Linapuni have been a part of Hawaii’s School Partnership Program since 2006.

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Jaquetta Gooden,
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command brought smiles to the kids of Linapuni Elementary School during their field day, April 24.

The day of fun-filled physical activity was developed to help promote the school’s health and wellness program and to teach the students all about healthy living by doing activities such as shuttle runs, relays and basketball.

Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC supervised the different events and challenged the kids to try various exercises from the Army’s physical readiness training program.

“Watching the kids do push-ups and sit-ups with us during their field day was so exciting,” said Sgt. 1st Class Wesley Burton, chaplain assistant, 94th AAMDC. “They really enjoyed having us come out and support them during this time, and it shows that we are a part of this community, not just in it.”

The school staff and parents of the students were very inspired by how the kids took to the Soldiers of the 94th AMMDC.

“It truly warms my heart to see the kids so excited. Having the military here to help us is a plus,” said Susan Kando, community networking coordinator for the school. “We are very grateful. If it wasn’t for the Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC, this day wouldn’t be the success that it is.”

The students rotated through seven different stations that all required some sort of physical activity and inspired the kids to stay active.

Field day is something the Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC support annually in addition to other events throughout the year.

“We love coming out and interacting with the kids, and they love to have us here to support them, as well,” said Sgt. Natanya Russell, intelligence analyst, 94th AAMDC. “It’s a great feeling to see how much of a positive impact we have on the kids.”

The 94th AAMDC has had a great relationship with Linapuni staff and students since becoming a part of the Hawaii school partnership program in 2006. When called on, the Sea Dragons are always available to lend a helping hand towards any school event where they are needed.

“The best part about today was that our Soldiers wanted to be here,” said Burton. “We were just as excited as the students and are looking forward to the next time we will be called upon.”

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