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