Caroline High School Army JROTC Cadets Deliver Christmas Cheer!!

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During the period 2-19 December 2013, the cadets planned and conducted a very successful service learning project. They considered numerous projects to assist organizations inside and outside the community. After discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each project, they decided to dedicate their efforts to helping needy children in the community. They named their project, “Operation Shoebox”.

The cadets partnered with the Caroline County Department of Social Services and set a goal for all 118 cadets to donate a new toy for a girl or boy age 3-12.

In short order, the nicely wrapped shoeboxes started to appear under the corps’ Christmas Tree. When the deadline arrived, a total of 133 presents were collected! On December 19th, Cadet LTC Tamarya Cook, the Battalion Commander, Cadet Major Devon Wienand, the Battalion Executive Officer, and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jacoby Garnett delivered the presents to the Caroline County Department of Social Services. Social Services was most grateful and thanked the corps-of-cadets for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

LTC Pyner, the cadet’s Senior Army Instructor, said “the cadets who participated demonstrated a collective feeling of self-satisfaction in that they all felt that they had identified a community need, came up with a plan to help, and then executed that plan that contributed to many children having a brighter Christmas 2013”. Many thanks to thank all the cadets and parents who contributed and helped make this project a success.
(For additional information please contact LTC (R) Bob Pyner at (804) 633-6013) or at
rpyner@ccps.us )

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Uniform Forum

There will be a Uniform Forum and meeting on December 17, 2013, at 6:00pm, to present the findings of the uniform committee and gather public input on uniforms.  The information from this forum will be provided to the Caroline County School Board so that they will be informed of the parent and public opinion.  The meeting will be held at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in the gymnasium.

Caroline High School Army JROTC Cadets Visit Washington, DC

On December 5th, the corps-of-cadets, chaperones, and their military instructor boarded two charter buses and headed to our nation’s capital.  The purpose of the trip was to provide the cadets an opportunity to visit our national monuments that pay tribute to our military veterans and to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery.

Their first stop was at the WW II memorial.  The cadets were impressed with the memorial and reflected quietly as they read the many quotations inscribed on the walls of the site by military and civilian leaders of that time.  Next the cadets made the short trip to Arlington National Cemetery.  Their chaperones discussed with them some of the unique features of the cemetery and notable persons interred at Arlington.  At 1:00 p.m. the cadets assembled at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers for the wreath laying ceremony.  Four cadets, one from each cadet class, were selected to represent the corps in the wreath laying.  After a briefing by a Tomb Guard, Cadets Tamarya Cook, Joshua Sacra, Jordan Chittick, and Brandon Paxton proceeded to lay a wreath on behalf of the corps in remembrance of all soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  Taps was sounded after the wreath was presented.  After the ceremony, Cadet Chittick, a second year cadet said, “Today is a day I’ll never forget, it was an honor to have been selected to participate in this moving ceremony.”

The last stop of the day was a visit to the Vietnam Memorial and the Women’s Vietnam Memorial.  Many cadets and chaperones had family or friends whose names were etched on the wall.  Of interest to all were the mementoes from loved ones left at the base of the panels.  The cadets returned home with a deep appreciation for the enormous sacrifice of our service members and how a most grateful nation remembers.

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