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Marines Mentor Cadets at The Academy

The USMC, Third Civil Affairs Group visited the Academy in their Dress Blues for a mentoring session with AJK cadets. Our goal is to have positive role models that share similar values. The Marines spoke to the children about the importance of always being prepared. They connected AJK’s RRCC:

Respect for self and others
Responsible for all actions
Commitment to education
Commitment to community

with the core values of the Marines Corps, which is Honor, Courage and Commitment. Mentors expressed that these core values define how every Marine in the Corps thinks, acts and does their job. The shared with the cadets, this is exactly what RRCC does for cadets at the Academy.

“In our fourth year of partnership with these fine men and women, our cadets are starting to realize the purpose around our core values and how important it is to live up to a standard of high expectations,” said Principal, Mike Grenda. “We will continue our partnership with this elite group of Marines with our mission always at the forefront of our minds… A.J. Katzenmaier Academy, Meeting cadets where they are and advancing them forward.”

Local Marines Deliver Smiles to the Academy

The holiday season got a little brighter for cadets at the Academy when they received gifts from Toys for Tots. Local Marines delivered hundreds of donated toys to the students in North Chicago School District 187 including cadets at AJ Katzenmaier Academy. The Toys for Tots program has a long standing partnership with the North Chicago schools and other local communities. Marines stationed at Naval Station Great Lakes, along with staff from AJK, unloaded, setup and pass out toys to students of the Academy. Students were excited to meet and receive toys from members of the Marines.

Special thanks the the Marine Corp and the Toys for Tots program!

The Academy Observes Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week takes place every year on October 23-31. The cadets at the Academy took the pledge to be drug free in a special way this year. Young Marine/Master Gunnery Sergeant and former cadet of AJK Academy, Nina Staben, visited with an informative presentation about Red Ribbon Week.  In her program, Staben spoke to the cadets about the history of Red Ribbon Week, why we wear red ribbons and what children can do to live a drug free life.

Thank you Master Gunnery Sergeant Nina Staben!

AJK Observes National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, schools throughout the country observe National Bullying Prevention Month. The objective is to encourage schools and communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying.

To observe National Bullying Prevention Month, the Academy welcomed some very special friends from Medieval Times. They spoke about the Code of Chivalry. A set of rules, created 1000 years ago, to govern the conduct of the noble class. To impart fairness, respect, compassion and understanding to all citizens. Cadets took an oath to confront wrong doings, to show fairness to all, accept each other as they are and pledged to be honest.

Click here for more information about the stop bullying campaign.

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