Sgt. David Jordan knows how hard it is for soldiers to be separated from their children and families, especially during the holidays. Safely home after two tours in Iraq, Sgt. Jordan learned about our Student Council’s interest in community service projects from his sister who works at Pace. He was only too happy to help get packages of handmade ornaments and hot chocolate mix to his brothers in arms still on duty.
Sgt. Jordan connected Pace with Sgt. Joseph T. Duncan and project “Any Soldier” to get the parcels to soldiers in Afghanistan. According to Sgt. Duncan, “Getting packages with anything – letters, food, clothes make their day!” He says it is very harsh over there during this time. Some have new born babies and others have families and pets that they have to leave with others and not see sometimes a year or more. They have only their brothers (other soldiers) to spend time with.
The students are learning that whatever their personal challenges, helping other people can make them feel good about themselves. Plans are already underway to have Council members visit residents of a senior care center in the coming months.
When I first came to Pace Learning Center I didn’t want to be here. There were only a couple of kids, but i got a lot of attention and made some friends. I had a bad temper and always was getting held at the YMCA before and after school.
I really like my teachers here and am really good at doing my work, especially math. So I finished kindergarten and first grade, then I got a new teacher at PLC for second grade. My mom really wanted me to go back to my public school and I wanted to go back too.
So I started to go there for a half day in the afternoon for a couple of weeks. Things went really good and right after Thanksgiving I went back to my public school permanently. At PLC I learned to control my anger and be a positive role model to the little kids. I only needed to be restrained one time the whole time I was at PLC. I also learned to be safe and to use my safety plan when I get mad.