Students involved in the Community Work Transition Program at Adair County High School honored local leaders and service men and women with “thin line” flags at ACHS.
The students wanted to show a token of their appreciation to various community leaders for taking time to share the workings of various County and City Departments.
CWTP students were invited to tour local facilities to learn more about all of the work that goes on each and every day at places like the Adair County Regional Jail, 911 dispatch, Adair County Fire department and ambulance service, as well as the Sheriff’s office.
“I think all of us, myself included, came away from our visits with a newfound respect for the duty and sacrifice that each of you make everyday,” said CWTP coordinator Jim Leib. “We found that the life of a first responder is different everyday as they never know if they will encounter a life threatening situation right around the corner.”
The “thin line” flags have one stripe that is different for each component of the first responder community. The thin stripe represents the line of safety provided from danger and harm by those who serve and protect. The black background stripes are a symbol used to honor those who have died in the line of duty.
“We know that you’re not in these jobs for the big bucks or for the glory,” said Leib. “But we did learn that all of you want to serve our community and help keep the citizens of Adair County safe.”
Leib is an employment specialist for the school district and he has been spearheading the CWTP since it’s inception in the fall of 2016.
“There are kids that just need a chance,” says Leib. “Our goal is to have each student attain a part time job by their senior year and we want to keep introducing them to new businesses and organizations throughout the community.”
ACHS started the CWTP last year in an effort to introduce real world application of soft skills to help students gain employment after they graduate high school.
“I’m trying to expose these students to opportunities they have never had before,” says Leib. “I’ve seen so much improvement from our first year and we just want to continue opening doors for these kids.”
By Adam Capps