The United States Air Force has decided to deactivate the high school’s AFJROTC unit after 41 years of service. Recruitment numbers are the singular reason behind the cut from the US Air Force. This is a very hard pill to swallow for the many cadets currently in the program and for those in middle school looking forward to join as high school freshman. Several dedicated cadets and parents have stepped up in a effort to recruit and fund the AFJROTC in an effort to save the program. The clock is ticking, as this program needs to be rescued by July 31st, 2014 . These cadets will NOT give up !
I had the pleasure of speaking with a few of these fine cadets and was impressed by the quality of speech, stature, and their professional attitudes. If you have the opportunity to meet these fine individuals you will have to remind yourself that they are indeed high school students.
The objective of the program is to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. The skills learned by these young men and women are taken with them for the rest of their lives. The AFJROTC has a Facebook Page full of information, pictures, and videos worth checking out.
The Rhode Island Department of Education has approved this program for the Regional Career & Technical Center at Coventry High School. This is an major opportunity that can save the program. Students in other school districts may apply for the AFJROTC program. Transportation is even provided through Statewide Transportation for students in Foster/Glocester, Scituate, West Warwick, Warwick, and East Greenwich. Transportation for Exeter-West Greenwich, and North Kingstown will be provided until 2016. The deadline for signups is July 31st, 2014. If enough students outside of Coventry school district signup the program will be saved. The reasoning is that each out of district student will be funded by their home school district.
For enrollment information please contact the Regional Career & Technical Center Director Lori A. Ferguson by phone 401-822-9499 x287 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The program can also be saved by funding through donations. The Coventry Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps has created a GoFundMe website in order to raise funds. Please consider sending what you can to help. Ask your employer to also consider donating to this worthy program.
The award winning drill team is one of the many aspects of the program that your donation or participation can help save.