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Route 56 mentors children

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Staff Sergeant Matt Walters 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron spends time with 2nd graders at Wineteer Elementary School for the Lunch Buddies program Oct. 25.  The Lunch Buddies program pairs a caring adult with an elementary student that needs a positive role model, McConnell Air Force Base personnel volunteer to participate in this program once a week.  (Photo by Airman 1st Class Justin Shelton)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Staff Sergeant Matt Walters 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron spends time with 2nd graders at Wineteer Elementary School for the Lunch Buddies program Oct. 25. The Lunch Buddies program pairs a caring adult with an elementary student that needs a positive role model, McConnell Air Force Base personnel volunteer to participate in this program once a week. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Justin Shelton)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Technical Sergeant Wendi Fox, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, poses with two children from the Wineteer Elementary School during their lunch break for the Lunch Buddies program Oct. 25. The Lunch Buddies program is a nationwide program that pairs a caring adult with an elementary students consisting of 1st and 2nd graders, McConnell Air Force Base personnel volunteer to participate in this program every Thursday.  (Photo by Airman 1st Class Justin Shelton)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Technical Sergeant Wendi Fox, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, poses with two children from the Wineteer Elementary School during their lunch break for the Lunch Buddies program Oct. 25. The Lunch Buddies program is a nationwide program that pairs a caring adult with an elementary students consisting of 1st and 2nd graders, McConnell Air Force Base personnel volunteer to participate in this program every Thursday. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Justin Shelton)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Route 56, Community Service Committee, hosts a program, which is designed to mentor children who may have troubles or problems making friends, in conjunction with Winteer Elementary School called "Lunch Buddies".

Every week, Route 56 asks Airmen interested in volunteering to sacrifice their lunch break for the opportunity to visit with children on Thursdays at the school. The "Lunch Buddies" program has been active since Aug. 2006.

The Community Service Committee serves as the focal point for all Route 56 community service projects. The committee ensures that any type of community service projects Route 56 represents demonstrates the core values and quality military principles.

Tech. Sgt. Kerry Miller and Staff Sgt. Nicky Boyd, members of Route 56 committee, will ensure that proper leaders are heading projects established by this committee. The leader of these community service projects should inspire leadership qualities and enhance the professional image of all junior enlisted members that take active parts in the projects.

This year, Route 56 reserves two time slots for the "Lunch Buddies" program; 11 and 11:15 a.m.

Route 56 also participate in other programs such as, Airman Against Drunk Driving, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Veterans Association Bingo, Arthritis Foundation Walks, Race for the Cure Walk, Habitat for Humanity, Multiple Sclerosis Walks, Diversity Walks and The Classic Closet.

For more information on the community services provided by Route 56, contact Sergeant Boyd at 759-3127.

Participants that would like to order a lunch to eat while sitting with the children can contact the school office at 684-9373.