I made it for my grandfather.

MilitaryChild DogTags

“I made it for my grandfather. He got me the bracelet in the drawing and those are his dog tags. It’s just to resemble that he made it through and he has the dog tags. Those are my hands. It took me almost a month to draw it because I had lay the dog tags out on my hands while trying to draw with this hand. I was just going to put a random name or design, and my mom said, ‘Well, your grandpa was in the Navy.’ So, it says Ray Melvin Roundtree. The names go from bottom to top.”

Why volunteer? I think it’s important because

Image of an Alanton Elementary WatchDOG volunteer“I think it’s important because it provides a good example to the other students, it models good parent-child relationships, it shows that it’s good to be involved. I just notice all the kids in the class are always excited when they see a parent here whether it’s me here with Watch D.O.G.S. or when I notice other volunteers. There are many reasons why volunteering is excellent, and just one of them is modeling good relationships.”

I guess I am passionate about just

Image of a Bayside High student

“I found out what I’m passionate about and I did it by eating pizza. The thing is I’m passionate about a lot of things, but what I’m most passionate about, you know, being Italian and all in my blood (that’s more like Dracula, but anyway – I’m passionate about food. I love to cook. I love to eat it, oh, I love to eat it. I’ll eat anything, well, I wont eat anything…I really love food. I’m passionate about it.”

Before, I didn’t know what I wanted to do

Image of a Green Run High Military Student“Before, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Now, I know exactly what I want to do, and I’m ready for life after high school. I was planning on enlisting in the military, but Cmdr. Brown has mentored me, telling me that I have officer potential with my knowledge and skills. The instructors really do care about you. They’re not here just to make you do what they want you to do. They actually guide you on the right path and I’m really grateful to them for that. They put me on the right path.”