JROTC CELEBRATES 10 YEARS IN BARROW COUNTY SCHOOLS
[Winder, Georgia, Sept 27, 2018] – This year, JROTC is celebrating its 10th
year Anniversary in Barrow County Schools at both Apalachee and Winder-
Barrow High Schools. The Barrow Brigade Cadets are kicking off the “Decade
of Service” to commemorate this anniversary at the Battle of Barrow football
game with a special pregame recognition.
The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a
congressionally mandated program that focuses on the youth-oriented
mission of “Motivating Young People to be Better Citizens”. It is one of the
largest youth programs in the world with more than 310,000 high school students participating annually.
The program encompasses a myriad of teaching goals focused on leadership, teamwork, character education, personal responsibility, a sense of accomplishment, and service to the nation.
Barrow County Schools has trained over 5,400 Cadets in the Army JROTC curriculum over the past decade. Each school has also been awarded the Honor Unit of Distinction in both of their external accreditation evaluations. The JROTC programs have also seen success in the following areas:
• WBHS 2017 State Champions in the Army JROTC Raider Competition; Drill Team earned multiple region championships in US Army Drill and Color Guard Competitions
• Barrow Brigade (both AHS and WBHS) completed 35 Service Learning Projects benefiting local, national, and global goodwill initiatives
“This is a very special year for our Cadets as we celebrate the Barrow Brigades “Decade of Service” to our community,” said Lt. Col Perkins, senior instructor at Winder-Barrow High School. “It was just ten short years ago that Barrow County Schools decided to bring the Army JROTC program and curriculum to our high schools. With an amazing record of achievements, we pause to recognize this Decade of Service to our community. However, the real excitement is with our programs future and potential as we continue to motivate young people to be better citizens.”
The JROTC program is supported with two retired Army instructors at each high school. Colonel Paul Fortune and Command Sergeant Major Maxcine Barnes lead students at Apalachee High School. Lieutenant Colonel Todd Perkins and First Sergeant Kimberly Glenn train students at Winder-Barrow High School.
“It is been a privilege to work the Cadre at WBHS that fosters camaraderie in forming the Barrow Brigade – an environment where we can compete when needed and share ideas and work together to make our programs better,” concludes Colonel Fortune, senior instructor at Apalachee High School.
Barrow County Schools are BOLDly Committed to Student Success and serve more than 14,000 students in the metro-Atlanta area. For more information, please visit www.barrow.k12.ga.us or contact us at 770-867-4527.
Media Contact: Shenley Rountree, Director of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships 770-867-4527,