‘Air Cav’ splits bananas with kids
Soldiers with Troop A, 1st Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt. assist students from St. George Elementary School with building banana splits March 8 at the school. Members of Troop A visited the school to show support for and congratulate third- and fourth-grade students on learning multiplication and division tables. Photo by: Sgt. Keven Parry, CAB.
Story by: Sgt. Keven Parry
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ST. GEORGE, Kan. – Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, attended the St. George Elementary Multiplication and Division Banana Split Party March 8 at the school.
Jennifer Rhodes, a third- and fourth-grade teaching aide at St. George, said the event was a reward to the third- and fourth-grade students for learning their multiplication and division tables, a goal they worked on since November.
The Soldiers supported the event by helping the students build their banana split rewards.
"They've learned a lot," said Capt. Jason Nichols, platoon leader, Troop A, 1st Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt. "They've done a great job the past few weeks, so we're here to celebrate with them."
The third-grade students had the challenge of learning their multiplication tables from the 0's to 12's; the fourth-grade students had the added challenge of learning the division tables for the same numbers. For each number set learned, the students received a ticket that allowed them to receive a portion of their banana split, like a topping or a spoon.
"This is the culmination of the hard work and everything the kids have had (to complete)," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Roberson, Kiowa pilot, Troop A, 1st Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt. "It's just for them, to show that with hard work, you do get some pay off."
Soldiers with the 1st Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt. have been partnered with the school for more than a year, Nichols said. They attend every special event possible and schedule visits to the school about once a month.
The visits allow Troop A to show its support for the community of St. George, and the Soldiers have the opportunity to interact with and mentor the students. According to Rhodes, this interaction has a positive impact on the children.
"They really enjoy it," Rhodes said. "It's nice to have Soldiers come in."