We received this article from the White Knoll High School student newspaper.
While many high school students were still asleep on a Saturday in September, WKHS NJROTC cadets were crawling out of bed early and offering up there day to someone in need. Partnered with the Masonic Lodge in Columbia, WKHS cadets spent their Saturday morning reclaiming the yard and home exterior of an elderly lady, widowed and unable to complete the work herself. Cadets cleared the yard, trimmed shrubs, removed a tree, and fixed a carport among other things. When it was all said and done a total of 120 man hours were completed and a debris pile about 6 feet tall stretching the length of the yard stood as a testament to all their hard work. Cadets remarked how it was great to see the direct positive impact their work had on someone along with a genuine appreciation for their hard work.
Last school year the WKHS NJROTC completed over 3500 community service hours and the unit is well on its way to surpassing that total this year. All cadets are strongly encouraged to complete 15 hours of community service every year and are rewarded with a formal ball. Community service is important for all, as it strengthens the community and improves lives. As a volunteer, you learn to solve problems, make connections throughout the community, and transform your own life. Get out and “do something” – serve the community!