ANCHORAGE - About 180 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will spend time this school year helping out in Anchorage classrooms.
The Alaska Star reports they'll work with students in 13 schools - as math or reading tutors, helping in a computer lab or maybe firing a few dodge balls.
School and Army officials say the visits should help students academically, lend support to children of military families and give the nonmilitary kids an understanding of what soldiers do.
Army spokeswoman Mary Ralls says the program was tested at three schools earlier this year by 44 volunteer soldiers. They worked as mentors, tutors and club sponsors and took part in chess and drama clubs and chaperoned field trips.