The fact that great learning opportunities are often experienced outside of the classroom was proven once again. Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the 2nd Maintenance Battalion, CLR-25, 2d MLG, Camp Lejeune North Carolina went all out to provide a chance for Onslow County Learning Center (OCLC) students to work hand in hand with some of the Marines Corps’ finest mechanics and equipment technicians. The benefits of a sound education in math, science, and literacy skills was never so clearly evident as groups of students and Marines hovered engaged over highly sophisticated weapons systems and optical sights. One student was heard saying “Mr. Bryant (an OCLC math teacher) was right. You really do need a good math background to be a Marine”.
The Marine Corps tradition of mentorship and community service continued on Friday November 9, 2012, as students joined with Marines to take part in a moving presentation about driving under the Influence held at the Base Theatre. Ms. Renee Napier, mother of Meagan, whose life was ended in a DUI related automobile accident, completely captured the interest and emotions of Marines and students as she and Eric Smallridge (on video from prison) wove a story of poor decisions, consequences, and finally forgiveness. Information on this moving story and the people involved can be obtained through Ms. Napier’s website www.duipromise.com and www.facebook.com/duipromise.
Ms. Felecia Walton the Principal of OCLC was elated by how much her students gained through the interaction between the Marines and students. The discipline, work ethic, professionalism, and sometimes hardship stories of Marines, are not foreign to Ms. Walton, and she hopes that her students will continue to benefit from future visits. Commanding Officer Lt. Col. C.C. Clemans and the Marines of the 2nd Maintenance Battalion were excited and honored at the opportunity to work with and mentor the students and hope this valuable partnership continues. The pictures with this article were taken by students, staff, and Marines.