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Two UCPS educators attend Marines workshop in Parris Island

Forty educators from the southeast region attended the annual Marine Corps Educators Workshop held at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. from March 4 to March 7, 2014.

Parkwood Assistant Principal Brian Gray and Lead Driver’s Education Instructor for Sun Valley and Marvin Ridge Kevin Vickers attended this four-day event.

For recruiters in the Union County area, having the Educators Workshop is a great way for them to interact with teachers like Vickers and Gray.

Educators were given a brief but thorough hands-on introduction to Marine Boot Camp at Parris Island, with a goal of teaching educators like Gray and Vickers that the Marine Corps can be an excellent career path for many young adults.

When arriving at Beaufort, SC, educators were briefed and issued camouflaged Gortex jackets, which repelled the cold and rain educators endured during their entire stay.

Some days it was as cold as 38 degrees, but when the wind blew, it felt even colder.
Each morning started at 4:20 am and ended around 8:00 pm. Educators were active participants every step of the way.

Memorable events during the four-day workshop included standing on the “yellow footprints,” marksmanship training, eating lunch with recruits, seeing an F/A-18 Hornet up close, physical training, obstacle courses, having a squad bay tour, pugil stick bouts, viewing drills and ceremonies, and experiencing “very loud verbal directions and instructions.”

The culminating base event of the Marine workshop involved observing a Recruit Graduation Ceremony, attended by family, friends, and fellow Marines.

As a result of the workshop, Vickers said he felt decision-making and leadership skills were enhanced for participants.

Written by: Kevin Vickers,
Posted: Mar 21, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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