Gainesville High School JROTC cadets recently volunteered their time and services to the Gainesville community. As part of the group’s community service project, the cadets cleaned Longwood Park, Wilshire Trails and Holly Park, removing 2,555 pounds of debris as well as 20 old tires from the premises.
For the JROTC program, community service is both an ongoing initiative and requirement. Historically, the majority of the community service has been in support of other school programs or needs such as relocating items on the school campus. Lt. Nathan Bourdeau, JROTC lead instructor, is working to expand the program’s focus to include significant environmental projects and community outreach.
“Community service is an outlet that teaches service to the local community and to our fellow man, and is used to emphasize the importance of adding value and giving back to one’s community,” Bourdeau said. “We hope to instill behaviors and actions that are consistent with contributing members of society.”