Lejeune Marines help students succeed
OCLC students with Marines

2nd Maintenance Battalion, CLR-25, 2d MLG, Camp Lejeune spent time with Onslow County Learning Center students in November to build relationships and promote education.

On Nov. 7, some of the Marine Corps’ finest mechanics and equipment technicians worked hand in hand with groups of students over highly sophisticated weapons systems and optical sights to demonstrate the importance and benefits of having a sound education in math, science and literacy skills.

One student was overheard saying, “Mr. Bryant was right, you really do need a good math background to be a Marine.” (Robert Bryant is the math teacher at OCLC.)

OCLC Principal Felecia Walton said demonstrations such as this can be invaluable.

“Great learning opportunities are often experienced outside the classroom,” she said.

Students joined the Marines at the Base Theatre on Nov. 9, to watch a DUI awareness video produced by The Meagan Napier Foundation. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the memory of Meagan Napier and her friend Lisa Jo Dickson who were killed by drunk driver Eric Smallridge on May 11, 2002. Meagan’s mother Renee Napier, in an effort to prevent such tragedies, is sharing Meagan’s story with high school students and countless others nationwide, from young to old.

Walton said the film served as a good lesson for students and Marines alike because it showed the consequences of bad judgment and the impact one poor decision can have on the on one’s life and on the lives of others.

Much was gained through the interactions between the Marines and students, said Walton, noting that the discipline, work ethic, professionalism and sometime hardship stories of Marines is not foreign to her.

“I hope my students will continue to benefit from future visits,” she said. “Commanding Officer Lt. Col. C.C. Clemans and the Marines of the 2nd Maintenance Battalion were excited and honored to have the opportunity to work with and mentor the students and we all hope this valuable partnership will continue.”