Thanks to the tremendous support of families, faculty, school board members, Mayor James Thompson, Rick Miller, Congressman Pete Olson, and many others, Clements Cadets are live and well. Because of the strong support for the program the Navy implemented the Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) at Clements High School.
Clements program is 1 of only 6 programs thus far; however rumors are several other schools are seeking to start a unit on their campus. To the cadets in the unit, the changes are transparent. The course still provides students with opportunity to learn the values of citizenship, service to their communities, personal responsibility, and attain a sense of accomplishment. The exceptions and changes are within the funding arena.
The cadet staff has been working diligently for the last 2- weeks preparing for the 1st day of school. Already the activity calendar is filling up for 1st semester to include: Color Guard/Usher for Congressman Olson’s Town Hall Meeting; Color Guard/Usher for Clements Open House; VA-Hospital Houston (Feed the Vets); volunteers for the “Be The One Run” Labor Day; Color Guard for Special Olympics Volley Ball tournament, just to name a few.
Before things get too busy, the instructors and cadets wanted to thank all that wrote testimonies, made phone calls to their state representatives and attended the meeting with Assistant Secretary of the Navy Mr. Juan Garcia. Your unprecedented support was instrumental in keeping this program at Clements. Because of your support, 100 plus cadets will be able to be a part of a program that performances over 2200 community service hours each school year.
In additional to beginning its’ 27th year, the unit was awarded the NJROTC Unit Achievement Award for the 3rd consecutive year.