News: NC National Guard: a positive influence on schools
Story by Sgt. Leticia Samuels
RALEIGH, N.C. – This year, soldiers from the North Carolina National Guard have made time to visit numerous elementary and middle schools across the state to talk about the different missions and history of the NCNG in efforts to inform our state’s citizens on their ready, responsive and relevant NCNG.
Five-year N.C. Guardsman 1st Lt. Sean Daily, deputy command historian for the NCNG, has been an instrumental asset in making this a reality.
Daily has a genuine love for the National Guard’s enriched history and because of that interest was compelled to merge his passion for history and his love of working with kids to strengthen relations between the NCNG and the community.
“My two passions are working with children and history,” said Daily. “The opportunity to educate the children on the rich history that the North Carolina National Guard has supports our adjutant general’s campaign plan and creates my ideal job at the same time.”
Daily strongly believes that the best way to educate the community is through its youth. By educating the children, he is helping to teach the next generation on how the N.C. Guard stays ready, reliable, responsive, and relevant.
“In order to ensure that our citizens see the NCNG as a relevant and vital organization during peace time, it is imperative to be actively engaged within the communities of our state,” said Daily.
Throughout the year, Daily visited nine schools and gave presentations about different facts pertaining to the NCNG.
Kings Mountain Middle School received a presentation about World War II, while Rankin Elementary School learned the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
Lesson plans ranged from the history about the 30th Infantry Division, an ancestor of the NCNG’s modern-day 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, during its campaign in France during World War II, to the history of the Pledge of Allegiance and the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the N.C. Militia during the Civil War.
Daily has also given classes on what it means to be a soldier and the importance of the Army values.
Now, Daily is working with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to create an enduring relationship with N.C. educators.
Daily’s mission is to make DPI aware of the asset that the NCNG is to the N.C. public school system. Daily has rolled up the NCNG’s military lineage from the Revolutionary War to the present day into lesson plans that fit the curriculum of the schools he has visited.
“Professional Development is the way we want to share this opportunity with our community,” said Daily. “Efforts are underway to build a NCNG Museum and Learning Center of Excellence.”
“The support that I have received from the NCNG leadership has been unbelievable,” said Daily.
Plans for the museum are underway to have NCNG historical displays and exhibits, a classroom for small group instruction, static vehicle displays, a historical walking trail, and an arboretum for large group instruction to be located at the NCNG Joint Force Headquarters campus here.
“This will be a family friendly environment in which to share in the proud heritage of our organization and show how far we have come,” said Daily. “Small groups, school field trips, and the general public will be welcomed.”
There are also plans with DPI to build age/grade-appropriate lesson plans about NCNG history and make them accessible online to teachers throughout the state.
“Our goal is to continue to make contact with various schools throughout the year and have them request specific lessons to be taught to fit the needs of their grade's common core curriculum,” said Daily.