POSTED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 8:56pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 8:58pm
Soldiers and students celebrate Kite Day together
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Twenty-six Soldiers from Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division gathered at Cielo Vista Elementary School to participate in the school’s annual Kite Day in El Paso, Texas, April 12.
Laughter filled the air and the sky was full of a wide variety of kites being pulled by running children. In the midst of all the excitement were Soldiers of the “Outlaw” Battalion in their Army Combat Uniform, assisting the children launch their kites into the mild morning breeze.
Adding to Fort Bliss’s long history of partnering with local schools to provide positive role models and enhancing community relations, the Soldiers of STB spent their morning putting together kites for the children and helping them learn how to fly them.
For Staff Sgt. Robert Rosales III, an El Paso native, and Partners in Education coordinator for the STB, this was a special opportunity to give the students a memory that he had as a young child. Rosales said those memories were a good thing; it is what led him to become a Soldier.
“When I was growing up as a child, Fort Bliss was a post that I was familiar with and being from El Paso, it feels good to do a full circle event to let the children know that Soldiers are here to protect and defend them,” said Rosales. ”As a kid I remember the events at Fort Bliss and it’s a good feeling to be able to impart a memory of my childhood with these students.”
Antoinette Carperta, the assistant principal of Cielo Vista Elementary School said the Soldiers weren’t the only ones to benefit from this event and events like this.
“The children are having a good time and they’re able to interact with the Soldiers,” said Carperta.
“This is wonderful for them to come out here. It gives the children a sense of community and provides them with positive role models.”
Being a positive role model is what these kinds of events are all about for Spc. Jonathan Ortega, a geospatial engineer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 4th BCT.
“I get to connect with the community of El Paso and interact with the children,” said Ortega. “I think by us coming out here and meeting and playing with them, it gives them a better perspective of who we are.”
The Soldiers of STB, 4th BCT and Cielo Vista Elementary School, will continue to try to provide such opportunities for these events as they look forward to a long and happy partnership.