Wayne County Middle School's new staff member Stephen Racz made an important contribution to students on Veterans Day.
The retired United States Air Force Sergeant dressed in his military uniform, was happy to share his perspectives with Wayne County Middle School Social Studies students that rotated in and out of his salute to Veterans program. He also presented two videos – “Thank You for Your Service” compilation and “We Salute Our Veterans”.
He was pleased with the outcome of the educational presentation after noticing several of the students approached some soldiers dressed in uniform that were later visiting the building, thanking them for their service.
Normally, Racz oversees the In School Suspension Classroom. But, on the national holiday he was a perfect fit to deliver Veterans Day education at the middle school. He joined the Air Force after receiving his college degree. He was stationed at Peterson Field, Colorado Springs; Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, AK; and Andrews AFB, Camp Springs, MD (where he got to tour Air Force One).
His story is very interesting and students are fortunate to benefit from the skills he has accumulated over the years, before he and his wife moved to Woodson Bend Resort in Wayne County to retire. For instance, he played semi pro football in 2001 for the Bowling Green Blitz. In fact, he was the oldest active player in the entire country at age 55. He also coached football at Bourbon County Middle School. He is now volunteering to help the Wayne County Middle School Football Team after school.
In recent years, he was an English and Science teacher at Forest Hill Military Academy in Millersburg, Kentucky, before they closed. He has also been a long-term substitute in the Paris Independent School system. He served as a paraprofessional for three years working with special needs students at Cane Ridge Elementary School in Bourbon County before retiring. In addition, he retired from the Paris, Kentucky, Police Department with over 1,000 hours of training, handling criminal investigations.
Fortunately, for Wayne County Schools he has a hard time retiring, probably because he is so talented in so many areas. So thank you Mr. Racz, not only for your military and police service, but also for serving kids!
(Above and Below) Veteran Stephen Racz spoke to students, and showed them two videos which included, "Thank You for Your Service" and "We Salute Our Veterans"