What’s Right With Our Schools: Byron Elementary adopts JROTC program

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BYRON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Byron Elementary students are learning discipline, self-control and how to be leaders.

“I was the one being helped sometimes and now I know how it feels to help people,” says fifth grade Luke Wood.

Luke is one of many students who are becoming role models.

Fifth grader Ethan Johnson says, “I’m usually the one that’s getting help so it’s nice to actually feel good to help somebody.”

Thanks to Coach Almond, third, fourth and fifth graders are staying out of trouble and making improvements in their school work.

Sheldon Almond sis the JROTC Instructor. He says, “I was just sitting at my desk thinking what can I do with kids that are coming to ISS.”

To answer to that question, he started a junior ROTC program.

Almond explains, “Kids don’t want to get in any trouble anymore because they love wearing the uniform. They love doing the special maneuvers. I have a color guard that consists of four people.”

“He really helped me and I stopped acting up in class and my behavior improved,” fifth grader Elliott Colson adds.

Students wear uniforms every Thursday with pride.

Fifth grader Milah Helms says, “When you put the uniform on, you feel like you have the ability to do anything and nothing is impossible.”

Students also earn rank. Kimaya Lumpkin is a lieutenant. She sees herself as a role model for others. She says the program is helping build her character inside and outside of the classroom.

“After JROTC, we go to class and I do work, stay disciplined and work hard and try to get grades all the time,” Lumpkin continues.

Byron Elementary School is the only elementary school in the state to have a junior ROTC program.

 

 

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!