Smithfield Foods, Inc., Smithfield, Va., and Isle of Wight County Schools, also based in Smithfield, Va., unveiled a new Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) fieldhouse for Smithfield High School’s JROTC program.
The campus addition provides JROTC participants and instructors with needed classroom space and equipment storage for drill and competition practice.
“The new JROTC fieldhouse is a tremendous addition to Smithfield High School, and we are grateful to Smithfield Foods for making it a reality for our students,” says Dr. Jim Thornton, superintendent of Isle of Wight County Schools. “I’m confident that great things will happen here, as our JROTC participants sharpen their skills and prepare for successful careers in the military and beyond.”
The new JROTC fieldhouse is supported by the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project, a $3 million donation to Isle of Wight County Schools to fund a multifaceted educational program.
“We are honored to provide Smithfield High School students with resources to help them excel in their college and professional careers and serve as active members of their communities,” says Kenneth Sullivan, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods. “This new JROTC fieldhouse is just one way that Smithfield Foods is investing in our country’s next generation of leaders, and we look forward to celebrating their future achievements.”
In addition to the JROTC fieldhouse at Smithfield High School, the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project will fund several other on-campus facilities with resources to prepare students for their college and professional careers and serve as active members in their community.
“The JROTC fieldhouse and future facilities made possible by the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project provides students with outstanding opportunities to help them prepare for their careers,” says Zachary Haney, principal of Smithfield High School. “Our school is truly thankful to Smithfield Foods for their generous, longtime support.”