Forrest Elementary School offers Ranger Boot Camp program to students
Forrest Elementary School, in partnership with New Covenant Church, Ahmad Newby of Anytime Fitness, and Langley Air Force Base 36IS Squadron, is offering a voluntary Ranger Boot Camp program to young men from the school. This is a mentoring program that focuses on self discovery through movement, teamwork and social interaction.
The program began on Feb. 21 and will run through May 9 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school. Interested students were selected through a lottery process. They are required to attend each practice (they cannot miss more than three), must be willing to participate in the physical activity (walking, jogging and running) and follow classroom expectations. Mentors work with the boys’ classroom teachers to ensure the students are working to uphold the Ranger Boot Camp mission – to be a responsible and trustworthy young man.
Pastor James Bowen of New Covenant Church, said he is so excited for the opportunity to meet with and mentor these young students. He teaches a 15 minute life lesson and helps with homework at each meeting.
“Nothing excites me more than seeing the kids’ eyes light up when they understand the point of the lesson,” said Bowen. “Every day that I’m at Forrest I have boot campers greet me in the hall and tell me how excited they are to come to boot camp. It’s great to know you are making a difference.”
Participants are given a t-shirt, and snacks and water at each of their practices. In addition, there will be an end of the season celebration.
Students who are involved in the program are very excited about the opportunity to workout outside and meet new friends.
Third grader, Antonio Pender said, It’s so much fun.”
Derion Ellis, a fourth grade student said, “I love running laps.”
Kamari Staton, a third grader, said his favorite part of Ranger Boot Camp is doing jumping jacks.
Noah Furr, a third grader, said he loves getting outside and working out.
Casey Charette, Title I family engagement specialist, said, “A culture that is bigger than the streets is truly happening here at Forrest.”
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