From snowshoeing to Shakespeare to the Pythagorean theorem, U.S. Army Alaska soldiers will have an opportunity to share their expertise and knowledge with district students this year through the School Partnership program.
On September 10, 2012, Superintendent Pete Lewis, U.S. Army Alaska Commanding General Michael Garrett, and Fort Wainwright Garrison Commander Colonel Ronald Johnson signed a School Partnership program agreement for the 2012-2013 school year. The program is a collaboration between the U.S. Army Alaska, the Fort Wainwright Garrison and the school district in which soldiers partner with schools and volunteer in a variety of ways. The School Partnership program has been in place for three years and 103 soldiers volunteered over 1700 hours at 10 schools last year.
“Together we can help provide the best experience possible for our families and our children because at the end of the day that’s what most of us hold closest to our hearts – our children,” said Garrison Commander Colonel Ronald Johnson who has been a part of the volunteer program since its inception.
This year, the program includes a new component of educational field trips to Fort Wainwright facilities. The visits to Fort Wainwright will further support district curriculum and introduce students to potential career fields such as journalism, engineering, law enforcement and more.
“Your commitment is making a difference for our kids,” said Superintendent Pete Lewis to the crowd of soldier volunteers present at the agreement signing. “It takes all of us to make sure that students walk across the stage at the end of their high school career and that they have the skills they need in order to be successful as they move forward.”
U.S. Army Alaska Commanding General Michael Garrett added, “The soldiers involved in this program are all volunteers. They participate because they believe in the program and want to get involved in the schools and their local communities.”
The district is pleased to continue this valuable collaboration with U.S. Army Alaska that builds connection within the community and enriches the lives of both students and soldiers alike.
Thank you, U.S. Army Alaska!