Lightning Support serves keiki a ‘sweetheart’ lunch

| March 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Soldiers with the 25th Sustainment Brigade serve lunch to students and their families at Kahuku Elementary School.

Soldiers with the 25th Sustainment Brigade serve lunch to students and their families at Kahuku Elementary School.

Story and photos by
Sgt. Erin Sherwood
25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
KAHUKU — Hearts and happiness were plentiful, recently, in the Kahuku Elementary School cafeteria, here.

Soldiers of the 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, helped serve students and their families during the school’s annual Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Luncheon celebration for all grades.

Helping hands
“I know the students get excited when they see the Soldiers out here volunteering,” said Mari Le’i, activities director for Kahuku Elementary School. “Having the extra hands to serve during the luncheon is a big help for us and keeps everything running smoothly.”

The Soldiers spent the morning decorating the cafeteria with paper hearts and balloons and meeting with students. At lunchtime, they donned hairnets and aprons to serve each child and their family members a delicious Valentine’s meal.

“This is the biggest group we’ve had so far with the elementary school, so it was nice to see so many people come out,” said Pvt. Carmina Jimenez of the 25th Sust. Bde. “I love seeing the reactions on the kids’ faces to having us here.”

Partnership of Ohana
The effort was part of the Partnership of Ohana, an island-wide program under U.S Army Garrison-Hawaii that helps connect U.S service members with communities across Oahu. Military members provide volunteer activities ranging from community and school events, maintenance activities, tutoring and help with education opportunities.

The luncheon is one of many volunteer activities 25th Special Troops Battalion has participated in with Kahuku Elementary since the beginning of November 2015. Past events have included a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, a recycling drive and a physical fitness test.

“They are very curious and want to know a lot about what we do and what our daily life is like in the Army,” said Jimenez. “I think they look up to us, and I want to set a good example.”

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