Students at Frenship Alternative Education Program say goodbye to an instructor who is going away to serve in the army.
"We're just here showing our appreciation to Mr. Ashcraft," says student Kristin Cadd. Social Studies class won't be the same for the students. "Well, January 2nd I'm going to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina for mobilization induction," explains Glen Ashcraft.
Ashcraft teaches Social Studies at Frenship's Alternative Program, but Thursday morning he said goodbye to students on his way to fulfill his duty in the Army. "Mr. Ashcraft - he's a one of a kind teacher," explains Kristin Huckabee. "No one will be able to replace him," remarks Kristin Cadd. Mr. Ashcraft feels the same about his students, he says leaving mid-year is difficult. "It's uneasy, I'm going to miss not being the one to carry them through the rest of the year," he says.
Students say what he teaches them is the value of service. "One way he's protecting our country and the other way he's teaching us," says Huckabee. So they leave personal video messages to carry him through time away from his students. "I hope it makes him feel a little bit better and relaxed and know that a lot of people miss him," says student Bryan Dilbeck
Staff Sergeant Ashcraft is leaving them with special duties of their own. "To never give up, that they finish what they start and some of them have started a path that will take them quite a ways and I expect them to finish what they start and would be disappointed if they didn't," he says.
Ashcraft has been in the Army for more than 20 years. He's leaving a wife and son behind as well.
Students also sent video messages to former instructor, Sergeant First class Greg Irvine, who's serving in Iraq. He's scheduled to return in March.