Our students recently learned a valuable lesson as we celebrated Veterans Day. We have around 40 pictures on our bulletin board of men and women associated with Corbin Intermediate School students and/or staff who have faithfully served our nation throughout the years. These men and women along with all veterans have lived a life of service so we may live in freedom today.
Captain Jason Mendez from the Kentucky National Guard was our guest speaker at an assembly program. Captain Mendez challenged our students to consider a life of service to others. He stressed that you do not have to wear a military uniform to serve others. He said, "You have opportunities everyday to live a life of service. Ask yourself what you can do to help others."
Captain Mendez has served two tours in Iraq and is currently serving with the Kentucky "Mountain Warriors" stationed in Barbourville, Kentucky.
Our students have taken Captain Mendez' challenge to heart. They recently completed a classroom "Penny War" to raise money to help provide student scholarships to 4-H Camp. So far, they have collected $800. Classrooms are currently bringing in food items for our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. During December, students and staff will provide gifts for our annual "Angel Tree" program.
We are striving to instill in our students the attitude of a lifetime of service. Teaching our students to think of others more than themselves is truly a valuable lesson to be learned.