America’s Great Outdoors Initiative Attracts Assistant Secretary of the Army

Published March 10, 2011

Charleston, SC- On Monday, March 14th, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, the Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, will be in Charleston. As part of her afternoon schedule, she will visit the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science and discuss President Obama’s new America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative.


Secretary Darcy will be going to Charleston Charter to speak with 10th and 11th graders on the AGO initiative. Secretary Darcy will be addressing the group of students on the ways they can give back to the environment and spend more time interacting with nature. The Charleston District is planning several exhibits at the school to engage the students and spread the messages of conservation, protection, reconnection and stewardship of the outdoors.

The AGO initiative seeks to reinvigorate the nation’s approach to conservation and reconnect Americans, especially young people, with the lands and waters that are used for farming, hunting, fishing and other recreational activities.


“Having Secretary Darcy meet with students at one of our local schools is a great opportunity for them to hear about one of the most important initiatives in America today,” said Bill Stein, Deputy for Programs and Project Management at the Charleston District. “Coupled with our environmental experts at the Corps, the students will get a look at how to engage with the environment in ways which they don’t normally do.”


Media are invited to attend the event at Charleston Charter School for Math and Science beginning at 1:40. They will be able to hear remarks by Secretary Darcy and see the exhibits and students as they learn more about the great outdoors. Charleston Charter is located at 1002 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403.


Photos will be available after the event.


For more information or questions, please contact the Charleston District’s Corporate Communications Office at 843-329-8123 or by cell on Monday at 843-224-5605.



Glenn Jeffries

Release no. 11-0306