Army donates laptops to CHS

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Soldiers help students Democrat Photo Cassville High School received 10 laptop computers from the United States Army on Nov. 2. The computers will be used in the guidance department and new communication arts lab. Pictured above, from left, are: Darrell Boyd, sergeant first class U.S. Army; Gretchen Bussman, CHS counselor; Chris Redmon, CHS principal; Patti Daniels, CHS counselor; and Jefferson Paul, first sergeant U.S. Army.

On Nov. 2, United States Army First Sergeant Jefferson Paul and Sergeant First Class Darrell Boyd visited Cassville High School to present officials with 10 laptop computers.

"We have several laptops at our battalion headquarters in Kansas City," said Paul. "We try to identify schools that these can be asset for. It is up to the school how they choose to use them."

Paul, who graduated from Cassville High School in 1988, said that the district was selected to receive the computers because of its commitment to helping interested students prepare for the military.

"People don't realize that it is hard to get into the service now," said Paul. "We look for highly qualified individuals."

Students are interested in joining the military for a variety of reasons. Those reasons often include scholarship opportunities and job stability, said Paul.

Last year, Cassville High School prepared 11 students to join the military. This year, 13 students have expressed interest in the military.

A pair of the donated computers will be placed in the high school guidance department. Those laptops will be available to students to complete paperwork for the military or colleges and parents to complete financial aid applications.

"We are doing a lot of things to try to be good role models and set students on the right path," said Paul. "We try to give back to schools as much as we can."

Service men and women often serve as substitute teachers and volunteer for a variety of outreach programs, said Paul. Some of those programs offer afterschool homework assistance and others, like the Man Up Program, help students develop positive principles and values.

"We appreciate this donation so much," said Gretchen Bussman, high school guidance counselor.

The remaining eight donated laptops will be located in the high school's new communication arts lab, which was organized this summer using technology grant funding.

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