Pennsylvania educators begin Marine boot camp

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Several Midstate teachers are among the dozens of educators in South Carolina finding out firsthand what it takes to become a Marine. It’s all part of a recruiting effort, so these educators may one day encourage their students to join the few and the proud.

The educators’ workshop began before dawn, with a bus ride to Parris Island. In between drills, they were are able to ask questions. Then they were off running again.

Elizabethtown Area High School’s Bobby Crick said so far, he’s impressed with the Marine’s commitment to unity.

“You can feel the sense of teamwork and the sense of family in the whole place, even though we’re only here for a couple of days.”

One of the recruits at the base is from State College. 

“The toughest part so far is being away for the first time for an extended period of time,” said Xander Brewster. “I didn’t know how I was going to do with constant ‘do this, do that’, screaming in your face sort of thing, and I’m doing a lot better with that it kind of gets normal.”

After their first day of training, the group is exhausted but inspired. 

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