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It has been said that one of the most healing and restorative actions one can take is to serve others. Service is therapeutic in many ways. When we are immersed in our world, which can sometimes be very painful, a simple act of service not only allows us to come out of the pain, but it also brings something good into our community. Sometimes our service is bold, sometimes our service is in the details. Every service works. The service can be as simple as returning the stranded shopping buggy to its stand to make sure it doesn’t do any harm, holding a door open, not blocking a parking lot exit so someone exiting the car can pull into the traffic line, like picking up an object someone dropped or even greeted a stranger. For a moment in all of these things, there is relief in living so deep within ourselves. Service can also be complex. Our law enforcement agencies provide services every day, some of them on our worst days. There are volunteer boards that ensure Sumter County grows significantly by attracting businesses and achieving strategic goals to improve our future. Others are involved in the arts and tourism to ensure Sumter County is valued by citizens and visitors alike. In many faith-based institutions you will find people dedicated to feeding the hungry, helping the poor, and restoring weary souls. Service comes in many forms, and everyone makes a choice about what their service is. Just as it is a choice to actively choose to serve, it is also a choice not to engage in ministry. We make a choice, intentionally or not.

An Ignite College and Career Academy (CCA) path to a professional career, Sumter County High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) takes the opportunity to serve seriously. It’s an appropriate intention as their mission is: “To motivate young students to become better citizens.” JROTC sees service as a direct way to become a better citizen. There are many reasons good citizenship is important to JROTC. The mission of the CCA is to provide these students with an opportunity to determine if military service would be a worthwhile career for them. Our military holds service to the land as a sacred duty. With this knowledge, JROTC begins to convey the value of the service in development years. Recently, it was noted that the JROTC put a hard day’s work into beautifying our Oak Grove and East View municipal cemeteries.

JROTC enjoys the fruits of their labor

Teaching service in schools has become a goal for some schools. Our education system sees value in not only learning academics, but also learning in service to others. The value placed on the benefits of good citizenship is one that can be actively applied in adult life regardless of their future plans. Lt. Col. David Cook is tasked with “teaching teamwork and leadership in the classroom.” However, the CCA recognizes the importance of taking lessons in the classroom and applying the skills outside of the classroom. As the lieutenant colonel puts it, the goal is “to transmit the lessons learned in the classroom to the outside world.” Lt. Colonel Cook further explains, “Service Learning is an integral part of the JROTC program, which integrates the importance of community service with guidance and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” With that goal in mind on Friday, May 13, 65 cadets transferred what they had learned to the city of Americus.

Sargent Seth Howell had identified a need in the city’s cemeteries. He noted that citizens were concerned. Knowing that the City of Americus would be concerned if the citizens were concerned, contact was made with Mike Sistrunk, Americus’ director of public works, to see how the cadets could use their skills on behalf of the citizens. Mike was quick to welcome the cadets and a plan was put in place to beautify what many consider sacred ground. According to Lt. Colonel Cook, the students went “old school” to work. Instead of power tools like blowers and edgers, they had rakes, brooms, and shovels. The lieutenant colonel says it was a “full day of physical work and they enjoyed it and had a great time”. Cleaning graves, removing natural debris such as leaves and fallen branches, removing ragged and faded floral arrangements and removing rubbish was part of the event. What cannot be overlooked is the pride that the students have both achieved a citizen-defined goal and honed some valuable skills that will be invested in their future endeavors.

Mayor Lee Kinnamon speaks to students about history

While these students learn about military life, they also learn soft skills that make a good employee of any type. Teamwork, leadership, tackling the task at hand, recognizing a problem and taking the initiative to solve it, following instructions, showing up on time and being helpful to their colleagues were just some of the skills that will come in handy in any professional field, into which they enter. The day was so effective that future opportunities to work hand-in-hand with the City of Americus or another community are welcomed.

The event was a fine example of what the JROTC and CCA are capable of. There was a standard set for anyone looking to improve our home. While there is a place and a need for people to identify a problem, there is just as great, if not a greater need for people to take action to improve the situation. On Friday, those feet belonged to 65 well-trained young cadets. what does dr think Don Gilman, the CEO of the CCA, as he sees the CCA’s mission come to life? He’s quite proud of the cadets and their leaders. “Our staff and students go above and beyond. Both are passionate about improving the future of this community and their own future by serving not only those they know, but many whose faces they may never see. That’s character. This is what makes for a better world. One lesson after the other, one action after the other, leads to success. The lessons culminating in this event will reverberate through generations. A strong community and good citizenship are goals to strive for, and it is our pleasure to see just the beginning of the fruits to be reaped from these investments.”

Hard at work and getting the job done

Next time you have the opportunity to put your feet into service, keep those cadets in mind. They are fine examples of fine citizenship. When a problem is identified, be ready to offer yourself to the solution. No doubt the service itself will give you the gift. We desperately need more to enjoy the mindset of these young adults. Certainly these cadets would encourage you to bring your talents to the table. You are needed. You are important. You make us all shine.

Great work ladies and gentlemen, and on behalf of generations of Sumter County families, our residents, and the City of Americus, we thank you for your heart for service. It is also needed. It is also important. You made us all shine.

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