Sailors help prepare local elementary school for new school year
SANTA RITA, Guam (Aug. 18, 2014) – Sailors from U.S. Naval Base Guam and its tenant commands helped prepare Marcial A. Sablan Elementary School to welcome students to the new school year Aug. 16.
To help prepare the campus, Sailors prepared pamphlets, painted benches, curbs and parking lots, bush cut grass, swept walkways, and removed debris from the school grounds.
Capt. Andy Anderson, commanding officer, U.S. Naval Base Guam, volunteered at the Agat school with his family and emphasized the importance for Sailors to be out in the community.
“In the military, what our job is really, is community service,” he said. “That’s what the military is all about. It’s about servicing people and taking care of humanity. What better place is there to do that than here at Marcial A. Sablan Elementary.”
Coastal Riverine Group 1 Det. Guam Master-at-Arms Ashley Byrd echoed Anderson’s remarks and said she enjoyed the opportunity to help make a difference for youth on Guam.
“It’s important for Sailors to give back to the community because we’re not just Sailors, we’re people as well,” she said. “We care about what goes on in our community, whether it’s in our home states or where we are serving at the moment.”
Acting Principal Geraldine Pablo said she was especially thankful for all the Navy volunteers’ efforts.
“I just feel it’s so awesome that the military is fostering volunteerism and helping the school community and becoming a part of the community at large on island,” she said. “We’d like to thank the military for participating, and in particular the Navy, for assisting our school and the school community in preparing for the new school year.”