JROTC Service Learning and Community Garden Project
Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
The Crestview High School JROTC, with the goal of helping those who are in the program to become better citizens, stress how important Service Learning is, this is their way of helping us become more of a team. One example of the JROTC program’s service learning exercises is, working in the Crestview Community Garden.
The Community Garden is a piece of land gardened by a group of people, utilizing either individual or shared plots on private or public land. The land may produce fruit, vegetables, and/or ornamentals. Community gardens may be found in neighborhoods, schools, connected to institutions such as hospitals, and on residential housing grounds.
The leaders of the Community Garden project are: Cadet Sgt. Andreia Copeland (The Facilitator), Cadet Sgt. Jade Atwoods (The Recorder), Cadet Sgt. Wimberly Loften (The Reporter), Cadet Staff Sgt. Omunique Williams (The Timekeeper), Cadet Sgt. Cian Farrar (The Debriefer). The goals of the leaders are to make this project an annual thing and to help the Cadets learn to work as one and trust one another, because as the saying goes, there is no “I” in “TEAM”.
This year, JROTC planted watermelon, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. These crops will, once harvested, be donated to soup kitchens and other places within the community as part of the programs mission to give back to this community.
The JROTC Cadets of Crestview High would like to give special thanks to those cadets who are taking time out of their schedule and lives to help at the garden and an even bigger thanks to Cathy Ward from the Community Garden for giving us our own plot of land so we can help give back to the community.