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A JROTC leadership program in Wichita middle schools is starting to get noticed by the Army as a potential future model that may roll out nationwide. The purpose of the program is to instill values early on and reach students at an age before they make decisions that may put them in the category of at risk youth. The JROTC program uses military structure to teach civic values. One particular school participated in the Marine Toy Drive during Christmas and contributes to the community in other aspects as well. The retired Army Colonel that started the program says that the primary purpose of the leadership program is to connect students to school and encourage them to graduate.
The Army in a partnership with the Department of Education is looking into a possible pilot program where they would help with funding. The schools that are currently participating in Wichita are hoping they will be considered for the program as with additional funding they can be even more successful. Offering such programs at schools and at younger age creates additional opportunities for students and will help with overall high school graduation rates. It is great to note that the military is looking at programs to help increase high school graduation rates and offer opportunities to youth. See a related post that talks about what the National Guard is doing. https://majastevanovich.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/national-guard-gives-high-school-dropouts-a-second-chance/