Squadron, school formally unite

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The 15th Maintenance Squadron formally partnered with Hickam Elementary School in the mission of education.

“Our theme this year is One School – One Team making a difference,” said Alisa Bender, school principal. “This partnership or adoption aligns with our idea of superheroes coming together to save the world, in our case ‘to inspire leaders for tomorrow’, which is from our school vision.”

A letter signing and unveiling of the partnership banner was presented at the school’s Student of the Quarter 1 assembly Oct. 6. With 610 students, school staff and parents in attendance, the relationship was solidified.

“In the military, we say, One Team, One Fight,” said Lt. Col. John Drain, 15th Maintenance commander, in his address at the assembly. “We are proud to be in the fight for excellence in education.”

Drain said his favorite superhero is Green Lantern since Green Lantern fights using his imagination. Bender talked about her childhood favorite Superman in her address. She said he is symbolic of truth, justice and the American way.

“And Superman’s greatest struggle is making the good decision,” Bender said. “Which is what our relationships are about, as well as why we come together to celebrate our students of the quarter.”

Hickam Elementary School traditionally celebrates each quarter’s students who have proven to be exemplars of the school’s guiding principles, which are Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Plus Be a Leader.

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