EUGENE, Ore. -- Students at Holt Elementary got up close and personal with a Black Hawk helicopter from the Oregon National Guard, which landed near the school's parking lot Friday morning. It was all part of the school's Military Appreciation Day.
One class at a time the young students, many dressed in red, white and blue, got to sit in the driver seat and meet with the crew. School leaders said the opportunity not only allows the students to give thanks to the armed services but also learn about jobs they could have when they grow up.
"We have a female pilot today. It's really, really important to me that our girls who will grow up to be women understand all of their options,” said Holt Elementary Principal Joyce Smith-Johnson. “This is also a medical unit, and so they are talking to them about careers in the medical field so it's a really nice opportunity to expand and talk about things we can do.”
The students also spent the week doing art projects honoring military members in their family and learned the national anthem.