The U.S. Army is passionate about education and helping young people succeed, not only in school but also in life. The school partnership program funded by U.S. Army Recruiting, Seattle allows the Army to team up with schools and educators to fund programs wherever there is a need.
Army recruiters then can talk with students about their futures and demonstrate opportunities available to them.
“That could look like a number of things,” said Sierra Starks, chief of advertising and public affairs for U.S. Army Recruiting, Seattle. “Maybe having soldiers who work in STEM-related fields give a class presentation to high school students on their job in the Army. Or it could look like a field trip for our seniors down to JBLM where they could get a daylong glimpse of Army life.”
Mount Vernon High School is one of the schools that partners with the U.S. Army. The funds from the partnership have supported the soccer team and a business leadership class. Students have also benefitted from learning more about the Army.
“It’s giving our kids another option to be able to help them succeed,” said George Flores, educator at Mount Vernon High School.
For other schools, the program has funded lab coats for STEM programs, practice jerseys, student organizations, and several other programs.
The school partnership program doesn’t just provide funds, though. Army recruiters also spend their time helping students and schools. This includes coaching and substitute teaching.
“By partnering together, we can identify those students who are looking for that guidance, that mentorship, and we can help them identify what they’re going to do after high school,” said SSG Jose Rocha, Army recruiter.
For more information on the school sponsorship program and to learn how your school can take advantage of the benefits, email email@example.com or call 206-579-8782.
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