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Boot Camp 101

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

5 December 2007

We can probably all use a little boot camp 101 that the West Central Middle School experienced the day of the Veteran's Day program.

Some of the 7th graders I watched came in a little nervous, a couple were sick that day, and maybe that didn't have anything to do with it, but a "drill instructor" running Middle School P.E. for a session is a little threatening. Especially if you don't know what to expect and you watch a lot of TV including "Boot Camp" for troubled teens and the like.

Marine Corp. Steve Schenck who was honorably discharged after serving his time for his country, came down with his gear to explain some of the things expected of those who enter the military. It was all part of W.C. Middle School's two week studies which concluded with an impressive Veterans' Day ceremony. At the end of their moving ceremony, I don't think the kids really minded experiencing boot camp because they knew what others had given for their freedom.

They were a little hesitant, yes, but very cooperative, and I could tell that the most difficult kid was even proud to be a part of Marine Corp. Steve Schenck's Boot Camp.

I've never seen a quieter group or more organized group of kids work out then the 7th graders that I witnessed. And their loud, "Yes Sirs" were impressive.

I was surprised how hard they kept trying to run around the gym time after time until finally...., the bell rang and they ran for the door without a word.

It makes you proud, and I suppose, we could all use a little 101 Boot Camp to make us realize just how lucky we are to be Americans.