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NEWS | March 8, 2018

U.S. Army Reserve’s 364th ESC partners with local school

By Sgt. Christopher A. Bigelow 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command

U.S. Army Reserve personnel and Shoultes Elementary School staff in Marysville committed to the development of a partnership in education today with the goal of enhancing their local civilian and military communities.

As the official start of the Army School Partnership Program (SPP) between Shoultes Elementary and the 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), an Army Reserve unit headquartered here at the Marysville Armed Forces Reserve Center, a signing ceremony was held to provide a working agreement between the two organizations.

Brig. Gen. Gregory Mosser, Commanding General of the 364th ESC, spoke with Shoultes Elementary School staff at the ceremony to kick off what Mosser considers to be the start of a valuable partnership between Shoultes Elementary and the 364th ESC. 

Mosser and Cory Taylor, the Shoultes Elementary school principal, signed a document to determine the responsibilities of the 364th ESC and its partnership with Shoultes Elementary. The 364th ESC School Partnership Program will contribute military resources and services to schools in order to nurture the intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth of children in the surrounding Marysville area. The SPP provides Soldiers the ability to volunteer and work with students throughout the school year with a goal of providing value to both the military and participating schools communities.

“The purpose of the partnership is to build a stable and consistent relationship between the school and the military community, to assist our youth in developing strong citizenship skills, improve their educational experiences and provide positive role models through willing volunteers,” said Mosser, a native of Lakeville, Minn.

According to Mosser, through the 364th ESC’s participation, Soldiers will be given the opportunity to develop personal bonds with community members, build on the understanding of the military and military presence in Marysville, and devote themselves to community service.

The SPP is designed to utilize participating Soldiers to their maximum potential, optimizing participant opportunities for educational enrichment and preparing students for educational success. 

“It’s my belief that our students will greatly benefit from the service that will be rendered. We hope this partnership will continue for quite some time,” said Taylor, adding. “364th ESC Soldiers have much to offer our local schools and their efforts will go far in contributing to the educational excellence of our children. Their dedication is greatly appreciated in making this program possible.

“The sponsorship program is a phenomenal opportunity for Soldiers to interact, relate and give back to the local community,” said Mrs. Jamie Hawley, a native of Snohomish, Wash., and the command group executive assistant and unit SPP coordinator.

As a key speaker in the ceremony Taylor welcomed future participating service members on behalf of the entire school.

“As I’ve reflected on what this partnership means I couldn’t help but think about how important it is to have great adult role models for our students to follow. In our day, I can’t think of anything that is more important to our future generation than having quality adult role models. Without question this is what our service men and women represent,” said Taylor.