When they’re not training infantrymen or deployed overseas, several soldiers from Fort Jackson will volunteer some of their spare time at nearby Sesquicentennial State Park.
The soldiers from the 1/34th Infantry Battalion, 165th Infantry Brigade, have committed themselves to providing manpower at the northeast park at least once per quarter over the next year, and will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, when they perform work on the park’s new outdoor environmental education classroom.
The classroom is an open-air structure much like Sesqui’s popular picnic shelters, and will serve as a gathering place for interpretive programs, specifically Discover Carolina curriculum-based school programming. The classroom was made possible after the Friends of Sesqui acquired a $2,500 grant from the Lipscomb Foundation, as well as donated their own funds. The frame for the 800-square-foot structure already has been built, and the soldiers will be installing a metal roof, building wooden benches and working on landscaping. About 15 soldiers are expected to participate in their civilian attire.
Other projects on the soldiers’ work list over the next year include trail work, light construction and other tasks as they’re considered necessary by the park.
For more information on the soldiers’ volunteer commitment, contact Dawn Dawson-House at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-734-1779.