Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders
Major General James Donald, U.S. Army (Retired), in full uniform, spoke to an excited and awestruck group of third grade students at the Franklin County Consolidated School. General Donald began by teaching the students parade rest, attention, and present arms (salute) and then challenged one of the students to join him in pushups. He shared his story on how getting an education opened the path to a successful career in the military and as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections. He emphasized the importance of reading and getting a high school diploma. He asked the students what career they wanted to pursue. Some students want to go into the Army or Marines, nursing, teaching, deputy sheriff. General Donald encouraged the students to follow their dream, reminding them that an education will be the key to their success. General Donald spoke as part of a program to introduce the students to different career opportunities such as military, air traffic controller, electrician, contractor and opportunities in the seafood industry.