By CAPT. Evan Holst and SSGT. Landon Hubbell
The Wake Forest High School Army JROTC has had an incredible 2015/2016 school year. So far this year, our program has conducted numerous school and community service events, including the Cougar Battalion annual fish fry, Battalion Bazaar, local town and city parades, Purple Heart Recognition events, Wake Forest Town Hall flag raising ceremonies, and annual Service Learning events. The Cougar Battalion has frequent and productive success in conducting school and community fundraising events.
This year, however, the Wake Forest High School Army JROTC needs the community’s help on a service project – the most noteworthy project we’ve ever conducted. The project: a large scale food drive lead by Food Aid International Inc. (a humanitarian organization that specializes in packaging and distributing meals to orphaned children in Third-World countries around the globe).
Our usual Service Learning standard is that each of the four individual JROTC companies conducts its own project to benefit and learn from their service. This year, the entire Battalion, upward of 145 cadets, has come together to conduct a single-focus service project that will benefit on a global scale.
The basis for this project is as simple as it is beneficial: the Battalion needs to raise a minimum of $10,000 to fund this event and provide the supplies required to execute the event. In this aspect is where we need the community’s help in obtaining the funds necessary. The Army JROTC Booster Club has set up a Go-Fund-Me account that we request the community of Wake Forest and surrounding areas contribute to. We currently do not have near the funding required to make this project a success, and sincerely ask that our community assist us with this event – a project that will inevitably save a child’s life.
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta Companies have pledged to earn enough funds (with your help) to secure 32,000 meals or more no later than 30 April 2016.
For more information on the event and execution details, please visit www.food-aid.org
To apply donations toward our goal, visit www.gofundme.com/mpumdnev