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Parachuting into school


KASSON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Parents and mentors have always passed down the motion of always going for our dreams.  That message was conveyed a slightly different way in Kasson this morning as two retired Navy SEALs came down from the sky.

Those SEALs certainly got class off to a great start this morning for students at Kasson-Mantorville.

It also held a special place in the hearts of the two gentlemen that jumped today.

A new pilot program in Kasson-Mantoreville is taking leadership training to new heights. Literally.

2 retired Navy Seals got things going with a rush Wednesday morning as they jumped out of a plane onto the 50 yard line of the KM football field. Needless to say those watching were impressed.

"It was a pretty cool thing to see," said KM 7th grader Gabrielle Alvarado.

"I wanted to do it, said

But it wasn't just a grand entrance, there was a point behind it.

"We really wanted to live the things we are going to be teaching, courage being a big chunk of it and being able to show them that you can do things that normally you wouldn't be able to do through hard work and training," said retired Navy SEAL Larry Yatch.


Ever since Larry was young he wanted to be a Navy SEAL, which isn't the easiest thing in the world to accomplish, but he's using his example of hard work and perseverance to teach the students that anything is possible.

"I learned not to quit and to keep trying, keep trying to pursue your dreams," said

"I think that this assembly and this program is going to be a great way to experience leadership throughout the school year and we're going to be able to learn a lot and get experience from this," said Alvarado.

"There's a lot of pressure from your friends and stuff. You've got to fit in, but like he said you have to be weird, be who you are," said KM 8th grader A.J. Jennissen.

It was special for the SEALs to jump on this day, not only in the sense they could mold the lives of students, but to honor the freedoms maintained by fellow friends that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Up in the airplane we said a little prayer to respect the guys that have given their lives to allow us the opportunity to not only jump, but have schools in a nice safe environment," said Yatch.

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