COPPERAS COVE — Through a partnership between the military and local schools, soldiers are often seen interacting and doing things for partner campuses. One such award-winning partnership is the 91st Brigade Engineer Battalion at Fort Hood and Martin Walker Elementary School at Copperas Cove.
Second Lt. Lawrence Davis, the Unit Point of Contact and POC of the Year, provided an update on the unit’s activities at the school this year ahead of Superintendent Joe’s State of the District Address. Burns of Copperas Cove last Wednesday.
Davis began by acknowledging the leadership of Susan McGuire, Martin Walker’s point of contact for the partnership. McGuire also recently won School POC of the Year.
“Without his will and his drive to see this program succeed, none of this would be possible,” Davis said of McGuire. “She recognized and understood the value of the Adopt-a-School program, and I dare say she made it easy for me with her open communication and resources.”
The purpose of the Adopt-a-School program is to provide military resources and services to schools to foster the intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth of students, Davis explained.
So far, throughout the 2021-2022 school year, soldiers from the 91st BEB have repeatedly visited the Martin Walker Elementary campus.
Events the unit has helped the school with this year have been First Day of School, Recess, Impact Against Bullying, Flag Club, Red Ribbon Week, Day Program of veterans, the Peppermint Village gift shop and the best assembly Dawg.
Davis explained that one of his favorite events was recess in September.
“This one got to me,” he said. “We surprised the students; they didn’t know we were going to be there. They went out for recess, and the soldiers were lined up, and we invited them to come. And you should have seen the looks on their faces. They were so excited to be able to have a recreation with soldiers.
Davis described the experience of being a unit point of contact for the Adopt-a-School program as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.