The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a congressionally mandated program that focuses on the youth-oriented mission “Motivating Young People to be Better Citizens,” according to online information.

It is one of the largest youth programs in the world, with more than 310,000 high school students participating annually while enrolled in more than 1,700 secondary educational programs.

A JROTC program has been offered at PCHS for many years, but Regina Mabe said she has heard the program may be discontinued.

Mabe, who said she served in the military and now is a nurse, on Thursday asked members of the Patrick County School Board about the local program.

“I was told by a student it was going to be canceled,” Mabe said. As a veteran, she said she feels “children should have” the opportunity to participate in the program that teaches leadership, teamwork, character education, personal responsibility, a sense of accomplishment, and service.

If the program has been cancelled, Mabe said she hopes the board would reconsider.

Schools Superintendent Bill Sroufe said the program suffers from low enrollment. There also are two open…

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