More than 150 EPISD students hung out with Fort Bliss soldiers and climbed tanks, climbed on tanks, hummers and other exhibits for the post’s seventh annual High Five Student Recognition Day at Biggs Park.
Fort Bliss invited schools throughout the region, including military and civilian students from 15 EPISD campuses, to participate in the recognition day. The students were selected by their campus because of their accomplishments at school.
”The High Five event enriches the partnership we have with the El Paso community schools,” said Pat Lopez, Fort Bliss School Liaison Officer. ”We want to always include civilian students with our military-associated students so they can have greater acknowledged of what Fort Bliss is about and how strong we feel about supporting their education.”
Fort Bliss provided lunch for the students and honored each of the campuses and their students with certificates. Students took pictures with Garrison Commander Mike Hester and mascots from organizations throughout El Paso.
Students visited the various military exhibits, had their face painted and played at the playground during the event. Soldiers stood by at each of the various exhibits to talk to students about their role in the military.
”It’s nice to interact with the students and teach them it’s not about war all the time,” said Pfc. Yzyda Montes, who was stationed at a hummer.
Military Family Liaisons from campuses throughout EPISD joined their students at the park. Joy Wheaton, the military family liaison at Powell Elementary, said the selected students at her campus couldn’t wait for the High Five day.
”This is an awesome collaboration,” she said. ”This shows Fort Bliss supports EPISD and our students.”
Daniel Perez, a Barron fourth grader, enjoyed his trip to Biggs Park and encouraged other students to reach their goals to earn the trip to the High Five event next year.
”It feels like a big party going on,” Daniel said. ”I like seeing all the kids having a good time. It’s really fun out here.”