Fort Bliss recognizes area students for job well done
FORT BLISS — More than 500 students gathered at Biggs Park Tuesday, and although they came from several different school districts and many different schools, they all had one characteristic in common.
They had all done well in school this year.
“The reason why you’re all here today is because you’ve all done a great job,” said Col. Brant Dayley, Fort Bliss garrison commander. “You are all outstanding young students and citizens, and you’ve all demonstrated great improvement academically and as leaders in your schools.”
This was the sixth year Fort Bliss officials have hosted the High Five Student Recognition to make sure students who do a good job in school receive recognition, said Pat Lopez, school liaison officer for Fort Bliss Child, Youth and School Services. Students from 10 school districts and 30 schools attended.
“We’re making sure they know we appreciate them and we’re looking after their achievements,” Lopez said. “We’re behind them 110 percent.”
The event included lunch, a Fort Bliss Fire Department truck, military vehicles students could climb inside, a U.S. Border Patrol robot and mascot, “Chico,” the mascot for the El Paso Chihuahuas minor league baseball team, and more. Several students even received a chance to spray water from a fire truck hose with Firefighter Alfred Ortiz from the Fort Bliss Fire Department.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric Jimenez, 15th Sustainment Brigade, attended the event during his lunch break so he could participate in the event with his daughter Angelica Jimenez, 9, who was one of the students recognized from Nixon Elementary School.
Jimenez said he thought the event was a great way for students who do not have a parent in the military to learn more about it.
“It definitely gives (those students) an insight to what we do,” he said.
Lopez said many Soldiers volunteered to make the event possible by setting up the event, cooking hot dogs, providing students with food and cleaning up afterward.
The students arrived with nearly 100 chaperones, Lopez said, and Soldiers helped the chaperones make sure the event went smoothly.
Sgt. Timothy Shaw, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, was one of them.
“I’m just enjoying the day with the kids,” he said.