‘Proud Americans’ renew partnership with grade school
Staff Sgt. Fricilla Barnes, unit supply specialist, 2nd Bn., 32nd FA Regt., center, demonstrates an exercise to Woodrow Wilson Elementary School students May 17. Soldiers were available to renew their partnership with the school and conduct a fitness day, an event that featured exercises and games. Photo by: Sgt. Scott Lamberson, 4TH IBCT.
Story by: Sgt. Scott Lamberson
4TH IBCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS
MANHATTAN – The 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division renewed its partnership with Woodrow Wilson Elementary School during a May 17 assembly at the school. Following the assembly, Soldiers and students made their way outside for fun and fitness activities.
"We're renewing our partnership with Woodrow Wilson Elementary School today. We really look forward making this partnership grow," said Lt. Col. Timothy Blackwell, who took command of the battalion April 26.
At the assembly, Soldiers had the opportunity to see students recognized for demonstrating qualities that are very similar to the Army Values. After the students were formally recognized, Blackwell, Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Hardy and Staff Sgt. William Ashmore, noncommissioned officer in charge of the battalion's Adopt-A-School program, moved forward, where they stood with Deb Nauerth, the school's principal, and renewed the partnership.
Following the partnership renewal, the school's choir sang "Proud to be an American" for the students and Soldiers.
"This partnership between the school and the Soldiers is important," Nauerth said. "The Soldiers come into our school and become leaders for our students. They represent the pillars of education, which are important to our students."
Once the two groups renewed their partnership, Soldiers and students made their way outside for Fitness Day. They broke down into small groups, where they engaged in exercise and games.
"This feels great," said Staff Sgt. Fricilla Barnes, unit supply specialist, 2nd Bn., 32nd FA Regt. "I love the children, and I'm glad we have the opportunity to come to the school and support the students and have fun. This gives the students a positive aspect of what we do. We're positive role models, and this reinforces that we care about them and their fitness."
Soldiers showed students some of the Army daily exercises and played fitness-oriented games with the students.
"This is fabulous to see the Soldiers interact with the students," Nauerth said. "The smiles and laughter that the Soldiers bring every time they visit is amazing."
"Our community is very important," Blackwell said. "The relationship that we build between the Soldiers and the local community is important because there are so many mutual benefits that can occur. This partnership gives back to the community that supports us so much."