Senate honors military volunteers

Published  3:04 PM HST Apr 05, 2013

The state Senate honored on Friday all branches of the United States Armed Services in Hawaii for their volunteerism in public schools across the state with a Certificate of Recognition.

Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield received the award on behalf of the volunteers.

The Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Hawaii National Guard have volunteered of their time, talent and resources; supporting 147 partnerships in 136 K-12 public schools throughout the State of Hawaii.

“The partnerships formed with the military have benefits that go well beyond the positive improvements seen in our schools and classrooms. They created strong relationships and bonds between our military members and our school communities as they work together for what is best for all of Hawaii's keiki,” said Senate Committee on Education Chair Jill Tokuda, who presented the certificate. “Our military volunteers bring a wealth of expertise and energy to share with our students, and they have shown their dedication and commitment to helping us build stronger communication while supporting our schools.”

In 2012, Hawaii’s military service members provided over 10,000 volunteer hours in public schools, helping with campus beautification projects; being a primary partner with the Hawaii 3R's program to repair and maintain our public schools; providing mentoring and tutoring; promoting physical fitness and healthy lifestyle programs; and assisting with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

In addition, the military branches partner with the Junior Reserved Officers Training Corps (JROTC) at high schools by providing opportunities to reinforce what is learned in the classrooms with field trips to military bases, parades, summer leadership schools, drill team competitions, military balls, honorary academic groups and other community activities.

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