Friday, December 12, 2008

Sandy Creek AFJROTC Cans Hunger in Fayette

Sandy Creek High Cadets (L-R) Dustin Gonzalez, Phillip Hays and Erica Gonzalez sort cans and prepare boxes for delivery. Cadets involved in the 2008 food drive made school announcements, distributed posters and collected donations for delivery to the Real Life Center. Other cadets involved but not in the picture include Liberia Flahn (project coordinator), Benjamin Pickard, Sarah Olson, Julia Anderson, Branden Bagley, Michael McColister, Chisom Onwumere, Codi Humphries, Linda Lehmann and Jerrrod Thomas.

Helping to can hunger in Fayette is the goal of the annual food drive sponsored by the Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) program at Sandy Creek High.

This year the cadets collected 4,000 food items from students at the school. The donations were delivered to the Real Life Center in Tyrone, an organization that helps families in the county who are going though a life transition and need temporary support such as counseling, clothing or food.

The AFJROTC has sponsored the food drive since 2002 and has donated over 45,000 food items to local organizations and food pantries. The cadets volunteer their time to organize the school-wide project that involves the entire student body.

Community service is an important part of the AFJROTC program. The cadets have provided over 1,100 hours of community service so far this year including supporting the Veterans Day parade in Atlanta, providing three color guard performances for Veterans Day, visiting veterans at two assisted living facilities and providing support for Fayette County’s Special Olympics and Honor Flight Fayette.

“I am very proud of the efforts from all of these outstanding young cadets. I often receive praise for their support to the community and they represent our program and the school in such a positive way,” says Colonel Douglas Pearson, AFJROTC senior aerospace science instructor.

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