Retired Marine Sergeant ‘Still Serving’ His Community

Retired Marine Mario Fields donates a $2,600-check to Pitt County Schools Early College High School students and staff.

WINTERVILLE—For the second consecutive year, a retired U.S. Marine has raised funding in support of students at the Pitt County Schools Early College High School (ECHS) on Pitt Community College’s campus.

Through Still Serving, Inc., the philanthropic organization he began after his retirement from a 26-year career with the Marines, Sgt. Major Mario Fields presented a $2,600-check last month to ECHS staff and students. The funding will go toward student scholarships, the Twilight after-school program, and other projects, including a recent field trip to the North Carolina mountains.

“Still Serving, Inc.’s mission is to improve the educational experience for high school students in economically-disadvantaged communities,” Fields said. “I hope our donation demonstrates our commitment to our mission and helps each student attain their educational goals.”

After more than two decades with the Marines, Fields said he wanted to continue pursuing his passion for helping people achieve their life goals. Still Serving, Inc., he says, allows him to carry on his lifelong commitment to positively impacting his fellow citizens and making the world a better place for future generations.

“My vision is to inspire a global community that fosters economic growth, diverse thinkers and empowered action, so I decided to develop the ‘Adopt-A-School’ program that focuses on collaborative school, community and industry partnerships,” Fields said. “… Simply put, [I wanted] to show these students we, as a community, care about their future.”

A Michigan native, Fields’ Marine Corps service includes three years as a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and participation in several military operations, including Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In addition to Iraq and Afghanistan, his decorated military career included deployment to such places as Australia, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Djibouti, Africa.