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Soldier Drops By Physical Education Class In St. Marys

November 4, 2011

Staff photo/Angie Klosterman: From left: Collin Reier, Mike Hoskins (on the floor), Ryan Tousley and Army Staff Sergeant Brent Burnfield perform exercises during physical education class on Friday.

ST. MARYS — An Army soldier visited a local physical education class to give the students a taste of what it takes to be a soldier.

Staff Sergeant Brent Burnfield visited Monica VanderHorst’s advanced physical education classes Friday. Burnfield had the students rotate through approximately 10 stations, ranging from push-ups to lunges to bear crawls down the hallway.

“Sometimes we do circuit training,” Burnfield said. “We do all different exercises to help out with our physical fitness tests and physical exercises.”

The rotations the students did on Friday, he noted, are the same he does with other soldiers to keep in shape.

“These are all fitness tests we do regularly,” Burnfield said.

Coming into the classroom, he said, helps the students better understand the Army.

“So they can see what we do, and so they can see how the Army benefits them and things we can help them with to better their lives,” he said.

Burnfield said the Army is a constant visitor to schools.

“We get into the schools as much as we can,” he said, adding it also helps the area. “We also like to help out the community. I think fitness is a very important thing.”

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