FORT BENNING, Ga. (May 10, 2018) – Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga., provided students with some summer tips during a “Girls in Pearls, Guys in Ties” on May 9 at Midland College in Columbus, Georgia.
The event was part of Fort Benning’s Partners in Education program, which promotes continued partnerships between military units and schools in school districts in Columbus, Phenix City, Alabama and surrounding communities.
Kate Harrell, the school’s guidance counselor, launched the “Girls in Pearls, Guys in Ties” program last year after seeing the need for leadership intervention among students. The forums, which were held bi-monthly for the 2017-2018 school year, focused on a variety of topics and were led by members of 1-46th Inf. Reg.
During this visit, the soldiers focused on helping students with their summer decision-making skills, while encouraging them to set goals for the upcoming school year. The students were divided into two groups, male and female.
Capt. Shaun Swayne, the commander of D Company, 1-46th Inf. Reg. and four of the company drill sergeants led the group of men. They discussed with the students what goals they had for the summer and what steps they could take to achieve them.
One student said he wanted to do better in liberal arts but hated reading. He let the soldiers know that he would take a lot of road trips during the summer, and Swayne encouraged the student to spend that time on the road reading a different book on each trip.
“Goal setting is the foundation of everything students will do in life,” Swayne said. “We encourage them to set small goals first, because combined together, these smaller goals will help them reach their bigger, bigger goal.”
Swayne added that drill sergeants bring a special skill to the forum.
“Our drill sergeants have the knowledge and ability to relate to these students because they are used to training young people from different countries, backgrounds and different personalities,” Swayne said.
Staff Sgt. Rebecca Barnes, the 1-46 Inf. Reg. Operations NCO, led the group of female students and encouraged the group of young women to set goals to help more in their local neighborhoods.
She also stressed the importance of adapting to change and moving to new grades, especially for eighth-graders who will start high school next year.
Barnes said this was her second time participating in the forum and she was happy to be part of something positive in the community.
Barnes, a mother of three, said sometimes young children need adults to talk to other than their parents.
“The PIE program gives students a chance to meet new people,” Barnes said. “This is an exceptional initiative.”
To view photos from this event, visit www.fortbenningphotos.com/Delta-Company-1-46-Inf-Reg-PIE-Event.
|Date posted:||05.11.2018 11:04|
|Location:||COLUMBUS, Georgia, USA|
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