The Independence High School Air Force JROTC cadets during the recent holiday season participated in Adopting Families at a local Mint Hill Elementary school. The cadets were able to volunteer their time by providing gifts and basic necessities to those in need during the holidays. Common wish list items include winter outerwear, coats, hats, gloves, etc., toiletries, boots, sneakers, children’s toys and stuffed animals are always a big hit with the kids.
As part of the JROTC program, the cadre of cadets must participate in a fair amount of community service as meeting the requirements to fulfill this basic objective of their mission. The program is focused to “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community,” said Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Jenkins, Senior Aerospace Instructor on campus.
Overall, the many objectives of the JROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility and accountability, building a strong character foundation, learning self discipline, all while providing excellent instruction in air and space fundamentals including advanced technology in the field.
The program focus on character education, academics, life skills, leadership, team-building, competition, field trips, community service, and training opportunities certainly offers the cadets a solid foundation for a successful future including being productive and responsible citizens.