Airmen help with school beautification project
By Chris Calkins, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 13, 2013
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. -- Ms. Erika Maier, who heads the Surfside Elementary School's Beautification
and Gardening Committee, readily admitted she didn't know what she was in
for when she accepted the offer from local Airmen who helped get the school
ready for their 50th birthday next month.
Staff Sgt. Thomas Tantius, from the 114th Range Operations Squadron, and
45th Space Wing Honor Guard, recently contacted Surfside Elementary School
and said he would ask for help from other Airmen and friends to assist with
some self-help projects at the local school.
This request turned into a large group of service members from the Honor
Guard, 114th ROPS, 45th Space Wing, 920th Rescue Wing, and other tenant
units joining hands and shovels to complete a large landscape and
beautification project last weekend.
"Let me just start by giving a huge thanks to Staff Sgt. Tantius," said Ms.
Maier. "We could never have accomplished so much so fast" she said.
"They accomplished more in the first hour than I thought we would get done
all day. "Our parents really enjoyed working with all of the military
personnel and the kids were so impressed," she said with a beaming smile.
"I believe it really showed them the power of teamwork and maybe for some,
another side of the Air Force. I look forward to working with them again and
hope that we can continue to strengthen our community relationships through
partnerships like this," she said.
Sgt. Tantius downplayed the effort, and called it a real team effort between
Airmen and the community in which they live and call home.
"Showing our support within the community can really make a difference, even
in these times of budget constraints and money shortfalls," he said.
"It doesn't cost a thing to get down and dirty and get the job done. We were
very happy we could make a small difference," he said.