JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor Alvin Brown led a celebration Tuesday with local JROTC students. A group of 162 students from four Duval County public high schools completed the training in their classes.
Mayor Brown helped raise enough money to keep the programs operating this school year.
"Public-private partnerships do work,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “These partnerships have given these cadets the opportunity to become the next Superintendent or the next Congressman. They can become doctors, lawyers, teachers or even the next Mayor of Jacksonville."
Several members from the mayor's administration and many DCPS district personnel were on hand to show their support for the JROTC programs and the achievements of the cadets.
“Our ability to come together as a city and save four of these JROTC programs in the 2011-12 school year has transformed the lives of hundreds of young men and women in the Duval County public school system,” said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. “We are so proud of these cadets, who have performed thousands of community service hours and participated in various drill, athletic and academic competitions.”