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A military helicopter landed Thursday evening in the Putnam County High School parking lot in Granville. After landing, a National Guard counter drug program was presented and helicopter tours were given. The event kicked off the Putnam County Partners in Education Night for the Putnam County school district. Free pizza was available inside the school and parents were able to attend workshops pertinent to student education. NewsTribune photo/Shannon Crawley-Serpette
GRANVILLE — Walking became a team sport Thursday at the Putnam County High School.
Students had the opportunity to learn about teamwork from the Illinois National Guard, which led a series of activities throughout the day for all students. Dawn Conerton, Community Partners Against Substance Abuse coordinator, said the Illinois National Guard recently jointed the CPASA coalition.
Conerton said Putnam County was serving as a pilot program — she hopes to bring the National Guard into other schools in the area.
“We are very thrilled and honored to host the National Guard,” Putnam County School District superintendent Jay McCracken said. “They are great at engaging the students.”
The team-building activities served as a nice tie-in to the Putnam County’s Partners in Education parent workshops scheduled for Thursday night.
Teamwork is a vital component of a successful school career, McCracken said. Encouraging school personnel, parents and students to work together as a team sets the stage for student achievement, he added.
In addition, if the students go home at the end of the school day and tell their parents about their team-building activities, it might bolster parental interest in the Partners in Education night, he said.
The Partners in Education Night kicked off with a military helicopter landing in the high school parking lot. That was followed by a National Guard counter drug presentation and helicopter tours.
Participants then were treated to free pizza, chips and cookies and had the opportunity to sit through workshops pertinent to every student age group within the school district.
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