Freedom High School Principal Praises CFF’s Project SOaR™ Visit
Morganton, N.C. (Apr. 11, 2013) — “Outstanding!” is how Mike Swan, principal of Freedom High School in Morganton, N.C., recently summed-up a Celebrate Freedom Foundation Project SOaR™ visit to his school on Apr. 11.
Approximately 450 high school and middle school students participated in the CFF Project SOaR™ (School/Student Opportunities and Rewards) visit. SOaR™, an academic outreach program, supports STEM courses — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — in middle and high schools and provides skills and competencies greatly needed in the global workplace.
“The CFF SOaR™ program was very informative and successful,” Swan said. “Students were engaged, and they asked some very interesting questions concerning the purpose of the Celebrate Freedom Foundation. They were truly interested in the helicopter display.”
He said CFF’s instructors (including pilots) did an outstanding job relating the helicopter display (AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter called Annie) to the importance of staying in school, taking challenging classes and seeking future career opportunities.
“What impressed me most about the recent visit,” Swan said, “was the experience and in-depth knowledge that the instructors had relating to science, technology, engineering and math. It was exceptional.
“The Celebrate Freedom Foundation is a very professional organization that is dedicated to students’ success,” he added. “I would highly recommend the SOaR™ program to all schools, because it helps relate students’ core courses to real world applications. Students become more interested in science, math, technology and engineering, and they become more engaged in learning than they were in the past.”
Swan, who first learned about the Celebrate Freedom Foundation and Project SOaR™ from local Army recruiters, said he wants the CFF’s Project SOaR™ to visit Freedom High School again on Sept. 27 when the school hosts its first Military Appreciation Day Event.