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MAKING MARINES: WDBJ7's Danielle Staub goes to Parris Island

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Published: May. 20, 2016 at 10:52 AM EDT
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This week, WDBJ7 is taking you to Parris Island, South Carolina. We were invited to attend an educators workshop with teachers from across Virginia at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

This week you will get the inside look at what recruits go through during boot camp just like the educators did.

Bright and early, educators board a bus in Richmond to start their trip to Parris Island, South Carolina.

More than 30 teachers, coaches and guidance counselors from around the state were invited to participate. All they had to do was come and the Marine Recruiters reassured them, the workshop would speak for itself.

"Well there is a little bit of nervousness,” said Christopher Applegate, a school counselor at Dan River High School.

David Petersen, an assistant principal at Blacksburg High School said: "I'm just going to take it as it comes. Just see what happens. "

Keith Arendall of Halifax County High School said: "Kind of intimidated. It's different."

We grabbed three educators from our hometowns after dinner the first night. All they had done so far was check into the hotel. But each had a specific reason why they decided to come.

"It's better than just reading about it. I can bring my own personal view to it. And I've got some kids back there now that are waiting for me to tell them about this trip,” Petersen said.

"Being a school counselor and being able to talk to kids and tell them I've seen some of what actually goes on and takes place in a bootcamp experience, to me was invaluable,” Applegate said.

Arendall: "I'm really excited to gain new experiences here."

And new experiences are just the beginning of what the Marine Corps has in mind for not only the educators, but every recruit that steps on the yellow foot prints.

"Cause we all have our perceptions on things and sometimes our perceptions on things we've never done are kind of skewed so, to have an idea of exactly what goes on, because the military is not for everyone,” said Jim Lanham, Sergeant Major in the U.S. Marine Corps

And soon, through their experiences -- these teachers will be able to spot that young man or woman, they know will be best suited as a United States Marine.

"I mean it is an absolute transformation. And to give them a little taste of that I think it will broaden their horizon on what we do, what a recruiter does in high school,” Lanham said.

So, let the fun begin. The educators will meet their drill instructors at 6:30 a.m.

Watch WDBJ7 Monday night at 6 for Part 1 of the educators workshop series, "Making Marines."