Students, Soldiers enjoy field day
Spc. Abdullah Khan, infantryman, Co. D, 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt., second from left, plays a game called partner squirts with Manhattan Catholic School students during the school’s field day May 16. Khan, who was blindfolded, was guided by his partner and attempted to spray other teams with a spray bottle. Soldiers were available during the field day to lend support, organize games and have fun with the students. Photo by: Sgt. Scott Lamberson, 4TH IBCT.
Story by: Sgt. Scott Lamberson
4TH IBCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS
MANHATTAN – Soldiers with Company D, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division spent the afternoon of May 16 with Manhattan Catholic School students during the school's field day.
"The Soldiers are part of our community. We're not just Manhattan Catholic School, we are part of a society. Having the Soldiers participate with the students in a fun manor, it allows the students to see that Soldiers are part of their local community," said Manhattan Catholic School principal Scott Hulshoff. "It shows the students that people in their community care."
During the school's field day, the Soldiers were available to help coordinate, judge events and even participate in the games. The Soldiers were responsible for three events – the sponge race, hot water tag and partner squirts.
"Coming out here and having fun with the students is great," said Sgt. Alexander Gray, infantryman and team leader, Co. D. "It allows us to get to know our community, and it allows our community to get to know us. This is a win-win situation for everyone involved.
"To the parents, faculty and Soldiers, this would be considered a work day, but this was one day you wouldn't want to be out sick for – from kids displaying teamwork by passing a wet sponge as quickly as they can, to playing a game of tag with water guns."
The three games had various objectives and rules, but the basis was the importance of being a team player, trusting a buddy, doing the right thing and following the rules.
"Spending time with the students lets them see us as (everyday) people," Gray said. "Coming out here and having fun with the students … Lets them know that we're just average people like them and their Families."
Hulshoff gave his appreciation to the Soldiers for coming out and spending time with the children in his school.
"Our service members do a wonderful job protecting and serving our country and community. By having them here with us today, it allows our students to see the military at work, but in a different aspect than they are used to seeing," Hulshoff said.