Marines, Sailors Give Face Lift To Mason Elementary School
(March 21, 2010)
SAN DIEGO-A group of volunteers from Marine Corps
Air Station Miramar help paint the library of Mason Elementary
School March 13. Marines and sailors aboard the air station have
helped renovate the school for the past year.
SAN DIEGO (3/16/2010 - MCN)
While many people slept their Saturday away, more than 20
Marines and sailors from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
spent it painting playground structures and rooms at Mason
Elementary School here March 13.
The event was part of the Single Marine Program's volunteer
opportunity program which helps single service members
assist their local community.
“I volunteered because a lot of times on the weekends I
don't do anything that's of importance,” said Cpl. Nathaniel
Newberry, a maintenance administration specialist with
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, Marine Aircraft Group
16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
“I wanted to do something that actually mattered so I signed
up to help this cause.”
The Marines began by taping sections of the library, the
main office, a classroom and a hallway. They stretched the
blue tape over fixtures attached the walls and anything that
did not need to be painted. Once they finished taping, the
service members began priming and painting the walls.
The volunteers also spent their time painting parts of the
school's playground including a map of the United States,
several walls, tree planters, and numbers for four-square
and several other games.
“They were amazing,” said Dawn Powell, the vice principal at
Mason Elementary School. “They were very quick and detailed.
They're our Mason heroes for beautifying our school. We
couldn't have done it without them.” |
In addition to painting, the Marines and sailors spent time
remodeling a classroom by moving desks around, pinning up
classroom learning tools and moving a white board.
“This was the first time I've done something like this, and
I had a blast,” said Newberry. “I think more people should
volunteer. It opens people's eyes when you actually do. It
shows the nation that we are still here for them, and we
want to help. We're not just fighting a war; we're here for
Although many only see the combat-oriented side of the
military, the event showed another generous side of service
members. Through volunteer work, the Marines and sailors of
MCAS Miramar continue to serve their community one school at
Article and photo by USMC LCpl. Alexandra M. Harris
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Marine Corps News
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