Hawaii soldiers donate school supplies

Published: Sep. 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 8, 2012 at 3:52 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Erin Marx

Students at Fern Elementary School will have everything they need this school year thanks to some Fort Shafter soldiers.

What started out as a visit once a month to Fern Elementary has quickly turned into a close bond over the last year. Soldiers and their families from Headquarters and Headquarters Company 311th Signal Command (Theater) donated about a dozen boxes of school supplies this morning during their monthly Read out Loud program.

Captain Steven Lester said the Family Readiness Group (FRG) helps new soldiers settle in to the islands, but they also get involved in the community.

"Usually what we do with our Family Readiness Group, we have a fundraiser and then we take that money and do something to support the troops, in this case we decided we're going to join together and support the school," said Captain Lester.

The FRG held a Back to School party with food, games and activities last month where they asked soldiers and their families to donate school supplies for Fern Elementary, explained Captain Lester's wife, Erica Lester.

"We know that this school needs a lot of help in that respect so we donated as much as we could. It's been awesome, I was almost overwhelmed with the support we got," said Lester.

Soldiers volunteer in the Read out Loud program on the first Friday of each month at Fern Elementary.

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