Soldiers representing 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division participated in North Polk Elementary School’s Volunteer Banquet May 15.


Soldiers representing 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division participated in North Polk Elementary School’s Volunteer Banquet May 15.
The 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div took over for the 1st Battalion 509th Infantry Battalion in January and everyone at the school was excited to see how the new change will benefit the kids.
“We’re looking forward to having that same camaraderie with them,” said Becky Cyr, teacher and events coordinator at North Polk Elementary. “This is their school, these are their kids and they have come to help.”
Today, the school will be hosting Field Day for all the kids and 2nd Bn 30th Inf Reg will be volunteering at the event.
“We wanted to say thank you to all who have helped us with our events,” Cyr said. “On Friday they will be outside in the heat all day with them and this is a way to just say thank you.”
Spc. Carim Forsythe, communications specialist for Company D., 2nd Battalion 30th Infantry Regiment, whose wife won volunteer of the year for her charitable works, is excited to lend a hand to the kids.
“I know they have field day coming up and ill be out there setting up tents and helping the kids with their activities,” Forsythe said.
Forsythe, who has children attending the school, knows more than others how important helping is to making events special for the children.
“To me it just means giving back," he said. "The opportunity to do that and see the kids have fun is great. I’m always here helping out. My wife is a volunteer so this will just be a continuation of what I’ve been doing.”
Along with the soldiers, firefighters, representatives of Picerne Military Housing and civilian volunteers were recognized at the banquet. Games were played with prizes and gift bags given out to those present.
“When we ask for help, people usually bend over backwards trying to figure out how to help us," Forsythe said. "We don’t get our chance to say thank you enough so this is our chance to get everyone together to say thank you.”