Civil Air Patrol petitions for school program
by Courtney Warren
Jan 15, 2014 | 904 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Civil Air Patrol wants implement a program within the Cleveland School District.

Scott McElvain with the Civil Air Patrol appeared before the Cleveland School District Board of Trustees Tuesday with a request to offer a Junior Civil Air Patrol program.

Students interested would pay a yearly fee and would receive a uniform and textbooks.

"They would get seven books that take you through aviation history, there is science involved, and the leadership portion," said McElvain.

Members would be able to learn to fly and do orientation flights as well as have the opportunities to attend different camps during the summer.

"Part of the program allows them to get four orientation flights and two cadets that are in there now have already had their orientation flights in a civil air patrol aircraft.

"There are a number of civil air patrol aircrafts assigned to each state and we have a very gungho wing commander in Jackson that wants cadets within two months of them being in the program to get orientation flights because that is a real motivator.

"There are also programs where cadets could go to glider camps and powered aircraft camps during the summer," said McElvain.

Students would meet at the Civil Air Patrol's terminal until they gained enough members and needed to move to a larger location.

"It would be a school activity and it would be like an extracurricular club," said McElvain.

If the program got big enough and the school wanted to sponsor it, then some students that might not be able to affored joining the program could be sponsored.

The Cleveland School District had checked several years ago on implementing a JROTC program and found that it was too costly, being close to $250,000.

"I'm just trying to get kids involved in Civil Air Patrol," said McElvain.

Board members said they would look over the request and asked that McElvain get with the superintendent and the board attorney to run through all of the details before the program is implemented.

The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer auxiliary branch of the United States Air Force.