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Busy First Semester for Parkwood's AFJROTC

Freshman Haley Baerga and sophomore Courtney Stegall were among the AFJROTC cadets who visited residents and family members at White Oak Manor nursing home in Waxhaw on Veterans Day to honor their military service.

Parkwood High School's AFJROTC took on several projects this semester. From teaching about and celebrating Veterans Day to completing 10 community service projects and participating in the Waxhaw Christmas Parade, the cadets and their leaders, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Eric Kelly and SMSgt. (Ret.) William Reid, have shown dedication to Parkwood and its community.

To help celebrate and educate the community about the importance of Veterans Day, the cadets informed 8th graders at Parkwood Middle School about the history and meaning of the day in an assembly November 8th. Senior Joshua Harold read aloud his award-winning essay on Veterans Day, and other cadets demonstrated drill, Color Guard, and proper folding of the U.S. flag. Cadets held a similar program the next day for P.E. classes at Parkwood High School.

On November 10th a Color Guard team traveled to New Town Elementary to present the U.S. flag at a 4th grade Veterans Day program and to briefly talk about the meaning of Veterans Day. Finally, on the school holiday, November 11th, several uniformed cadets visited White Oak Manor nursing home in Waxhaw to present a Veterans Day program to residents, many of whom were veterans or veterans' spouses. Cadets also had the opportunity to learn about these veterans' military service dating back to World War II.

In addition to the activities for Veterans Day, the cadets have been involved in many service projects such as daily flag duty, Color Guard at football games, campus clean up, roadside clean up, peer tutoring and an eyeglass collection drive. The cadets’ service goal for this school year (August-March, since the reporting date is March 31st) is 515 cadet hours, an 11% increase over 2010-11 and an average of 5.4 hours per cadet. So far the cadets have completed about 340 hours and have planned more projects to meet their goal. 

With the second semester starting soon, Parkwood's cadets are looking forward to reaching their service hours goal, continuing to support the community and educating Parkwood students about the Armed Forces and their service to this country.


Written by: Jasmin Cruz, 10th grade student, and Lt. Col. (Ret) Eric Kelly
Edited by: Regina Snelson
Posted: Jan 05, 2012 by Regina Snelson

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