El Paso, TX (US Army) — Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, joined with the faculty and staff of Ross Middle School to treat the students to their second annual fun day, to help raise money for the school’s end-of-year activities, May 24.
The Soldiers helped transform the sports field into a mini carnival by manning concession stands and providing supervision at the many activities. Activities included a dunk tank, a rock climbing wall, centrifugal force and a bounce house.
Sandra Banales, a teacher at Ross Middle School said the support from the Soldiers was a huge help.
“When we invite the military it shows that by supporting them, they support us,” said Banales. “We work really well together, and it’s great having the Soldiers here.”
Some children lined up to dunk a Soldier, as others lined up to climb the rock wall. The majority of the activities were manned by Soldiers from 4/1 BCT.
Staff Sgt. Juan Carbajal, a Soldier assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4/1 BCT said helping out gave him a great feeling. “It was a feeling of fulfillment, helping out the kids,” said Carbajal. “Being a father of three children, I love being able to help kids out.”
Carbajal also said that events like this have a positive impact on the image of Soldiers, because children in the community get to see Soldiers up close.
Banales said having the Soldiers at the event helps the teachers by providing additional manpower and supervision for the students.
“We’re in charge in the classroom, but out here we get to step back and enjoy,” said Banales.
“Showing support by merging the military and local communities together makes a huge difference.”