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Fort Carson Mountaineer

Students play Soldier for a day

Staff Sgt. Charles Leverette, World Class Athlete Program, shows a student basic boxing techniques during Camp Fort Carson at Iron Horse Park, May 10.

By Spc. Jessica Parker

4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division

More than 200 third- through fifth-grade students learned what it takes to be a Soldier at Iron Horse Park May 10, during the third annual Camp Fort Carson.

Seven schools from three districts — partnered with Fort Carson units through the Adopt-a-School program and Fort Carson Child, Youth and School Services — sent students to the camp as part of their end of school year activities.

More than 100 Soldiers from 15 units volunteered to support the event.

Students learned about Army life through 11 stations including medical, camouflage face painting, physical training and the World Class Athlete Program.

“It’s kind of like a field day that they do at schools, but, instead, we are bringing the students here so they can learn about Soldiers,” said Carmelita Carrillo, school liaison officer, CYSS. “Soldiers have different (military occupational specialties) and different careers; they can be doctors, lawyers, medics (or) athletes, so we’re showcasing the different talents of the Soldiers to the students for this event.”

Students participated in boxing and track demonstrations, learned about the importance of explosive ordnance disposal and got to climb into many of the vehicles Soldiers use.

“This is good for the Soldiers, because it also shows us how we can give back to the kids,” said Capt. Desiree Ledan, executive officer, Army Field Support Battalion — Fort Carson. “When the kids come here, they are excited, and we are able to show them what we do and how it’s important that we’re contributing to our community. Also, it gives us purpose and we can show our competency in our military occupation and how what we do relates to not only fighting on the battlefield for our country, but how we are also protecting our Soldiers.”

The Adopt-a-School program contributes military resources and services to schools with

Soldiers serving as classroom volunteers and mentors.

Soldiers interested in future volunteering opportunities such as the Adopt-A-School program can contact CYSS, Army Community Service or visit http://www.myarmyonesource.com for more information.

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