Unless you're a Marine, you can't fully understand what it's like to be one.
However, the Educator's Workshop hopes to give teachers from all over the country a little bit more of an idea. Through a three day visit to Parris Island, South Carolina, those educator's are given a first hand look at what it takes to be in the Marines. More importantly, they got to see what opportunities the Marine Corps could offer their students.
"Things that I can share with my students, not having a background in the military, I was able to learn things I never knew could happen," said Lori Baker, a high school teacher in Preston County.
That's exactly why the workshop was created. Many people don't know what happens once a man or woman enlists in the military, and sometimes, that leads to stereotypes about their profession. Through this workshop, they hope to show the positives of joining the Marines.
"The benefits the Marine Corps has to offer, as well as the intensity of the training, I think shocked them. They got to see the recruits going through the Crucible, and a couple other training exercises. I don't think they were prepared to see that first hand, and I don't think they thought they'd get to see that," said Staff Sergeant Patrick McNew.
That wasn't all they got to see. The educators were able to see recruits in all phases of training, from the beginning to graduation day. They got to talk with recruits, drill instructors, and other military personnel while at Parris Island. Not only that, some of them even participated in some of the training.
"The dedication, the things these young men and women go through, it's just remarkable, and how they change lives," said Baker.
By inviting these teachers to see all of this first hand, recruiters hope to send a positive image of the Marine Corps into schools all across the area.
"It's the main reason we do this. So they can go out and tell their students about the opportunities we have and they can say, 'hey, I've seen it first hand. It's going to be hard, it's going to be tough, but I can also tell you the pride we saw on graduation day is going to make it worthwhile,'" said Staff Sergeant McNew.
Tune in to 5 News on Tuesday for more on the Educator's Workshop.
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