The 42nd MP Brigade at Ft. Lewis was honored recently by Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1 and the Town of Steilacoom for its many contributions to the district and the town during the past decade.
Representatives from the Brigade received a Community Leadership Award, as part of a Washington Association of School Administrators ceremony on April 27. The award “for meritorious volunteer service to the school district and the town,” was presented by SHSD Superintendent Dr. Art Himmler and Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas at the early morning event, held at the Fife School District Administrative Center. Community Leadership Awards also were presented to honorees from area school districts, including Clover Park and University Place.
In presenting the honor to the 42nd MP Brigade, Dr. Himmler said, “for more than ten years, the 42nd MP Brigade has been active in our Town and in our Schools.
“They serve in collective and individual roles, from the most menial (clean-up duties) to
highly labor-intensive (painting building exteriors) to the most important (tutoring students).
“They are in the highest sense of the term ‘citizen volunteers’-giving of their time and efforts willingly and generously.
“A comprehensive listing of their support activities,” Dr. Himmler said “would be much to lengthy to recite.”
Highlights of their service included: participating in the District’s Presidential Fitness Program with students, planning, supporting and physically placing the decorative walking stones for the recently completed labyrinth at Cherrydale Primary School, organizing a walk/run for diabetes with students, carrying out large-scale ‘policing the grounds’ activities around the schools, participating in the Paint Tacoma/Pierce Beautiful project, assisting the Town of Steilacoom with selection and delivery of the town’s winter holiday tree, re-decking the Pioneer Park bandstand and policing the grounds at the park during National Make A Difference Day, and providing logistical, labor and participatory support during the 4th of July parade.
The Friday presentation was the “first time” in WASA’s history that a military group was honored, and the group received a standing ovation, Dr. Himmler said.
Submitted by Nancy Covert