As students at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville sit down for English class, Adrianna Schaub is pushing through her last couple of weeks at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot Parris Island.
“‘It’s different from civilian life,” 18-year-old Schaub said. “It’s very different.”
During her trip down to South Carolina, teacher Suzanne Miller ate lunch with current recruits. They told her about the mental strength they muster to complete the 13-week long boot camp. They also spoke about how their only form of communication to the outside world comes in the form of letters.
Miller asked Schaub if there was anything she could do to make her training a bit easier.
“[Schaub] doesn’t have a cell phone,” Miller said. “No newspapers, she gets letters from home – if she gets any… that’s it.”
So Miller offered to write Schaub as she finished her training. But when Miller arrived home, she realized she could do more and assigned her English class to write as well.
“If I were in their situation, working that hard, I’d love to get recognition,” said Maxim Bouchet, one of Miller’s students. “And just have someone to talk to.”