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November 9, 2011

Citadel Cadets and CCSD Students Reflect on Heroism

Citadel Cadets work with CCSD studentsThrough a collaboration among The Citadel, Communities in Schools (CIS), the Innovation Zone Learning Community (IZLC) of the Charleston County School District (CCSD), and the CCSD Transportation Office, several hundred Citadel cadets visited with students at the 14 IZLC schools on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 to engage in discussions about heroism.

The event was part of the The Citadel's day without classes aimed at encouraging cadets to participate in civic engagement and enrichment activities themed around Heroism: Remember a Hero, Thank a Hero, Be a Hero.

Activities were designed to allow the younger students to gain knowledge about heroism while also benefitting from the experiences of role models and future leaders. The cadets asked CCSD students to define heroism, identify their personal heroes and heroines, and engage in service activities to thank individuals who have positively affected their lives.

Citadel Cadets work with CCSD students"I want to thank everyone who worked to make this remarkable day possible," remarked CCSD Associate Superintendent Dr. James Winbush. "This event provides our students with additional outstanding role models while also reminding the children and teachers in the Innovation Zone that they are cared about, very special, and capable of achieving any goals they pursue."

The cadets served as role models and shared valuable information with classes while also providing individualized attention to students during lunch and break-out sessions. The principals of the schools remarked that the discussions and presentations went smoothly and that the cadets made immediate and powerful connections with the CCSD students.

For example, Sanders-Clyde Elementary-Middle principal Anthony Dixon expressed, "Our teachers, students, and parents appreciated the visit from the cadets today. They served as role models and shared valuable information with our classes. Over 80 cadets were in our building today and because of their high standards and organization, if I was not aware they were here, I would never had known!"

To learn more about this partnership or any of the strategies being employed in these schools, please contact the IZLC at (843) 745-7150.

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