SJES Healthy Choice Ambassadors Deliver "Treats" to the Troops
Our Healthy Choice Ambassadors, a student group formed by P.E. teacher Mr. Atkins to promote healthy choices and wellness, were the ones who received the "treat" this week when they had the opportunity to personally deliver over 300 pounds of Halloween candy to the Air National Guard 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg. In the last three years, our SJES students have collected close to 1,000 pounds of candy to send to our troops. This year, our students wrote letters to the service men and women who will be receiving our candy care package.
As part of this trip, our students were given a tour of a C5 airplane that would help to deliver the candy to troops overseas. Who knew that a C5 could weigh up to 800,000 pounds, is close to 70 yards long and can fly to Afghanistan in about 16 hours? A bonus was that we actually had the opportunity to witness a C5 taking off. So cool! This was just one of the many "wows" of our exciting morning.
We would like to thank Wing Commander, Colonel Shaun J. Perkowski, Vice Commander, Colonel David V. Cochran, Wing Command Chief CMSgt Ronald R. Glazer and Airmen and Family Readiness Program Manager, Sherry A. Lewis for helping to make this trip happen for our students. Kudos to Mr. Atkins and Mr. Jenkins for planning this trip and a special thank you to the parents who served as chaperones.
Our students being escorted to the C5 that they would be touring---it was almost as long as a football field!
A C5 plane at the 167th Airlift Wing
The Commander welcoming us to the base
Fifth grader, Konnor Hawthorne, getting a "feel" of what it's like to pilot a C5
A tour of the cockpit of a C5
Mr. Atkins with Colonel David V. Cochran