February 19, 2015
LCHS Comes together for a good cause…
By Major Gary Siembor
A few weeks ago Cheryl Mollett Thompson, a former JROTC – LCHS graduate passed away. She left behind her husband Johnny Thompson also a former JROTC – LCHS student and 3 wonderful children.
The current JROTC staff wanted to help, so they asked the principal Ms. Moore if they could take up a collection during lunch and she agreed.
Although the collection was hampered by the numerous snow days, the entire High School came together and was very gracious. The JROTC Staff was able to collect $188 dollars.
Special Thanks to Cadet Sergeant Major Derek Prater who did an outstanding job in the lunch room. Cadet Major Brandon Rose stated that they were a little disappointed with their results, and many wanted to contribute, but the numerous snow days hampered their collection. Some kids would forget after having a few days off and feel bad for not having anything to contribute.
In an effort to raise more money Ms. Wawa made her famous noodles and JROTC sold them for $5 each (with a soda) with all the money going to the Thompson family. Ms Wawa bought all the food and provided all the labor for free.
Unfortunately due to the snow days, she had to make the noodles twice. She did all the shopping and cooking twice, because being off school caused the first batch to go bad. Although we promised to have the noodles ready the first day back from snow, we were only able to get 20 meals. She provided another 10 by late afternoon and another 14 the next day. Those receiving them late were very gracious and understanding. There was not a single complaint. Furthermore many gave more than the $5 and she raised another $297. This equaled the check for $485.
Special thanks to Cadet LT James Messer for helping with taking orders and delivering all the meals. Cadet Lt Elizabeth Terry assisted Major Siembor with keeping track of all the orders and what rooms they to be delivered. Cadet LT Josh Moore was explaining to the younger cadets that Major Siembor teaches us that we are all a part of the BullDog family and family should look after each other.
The JROTC Staff was impressed with how the whole school came together and supported the cause. They saw how moved the teachers and student were by this incident and so willing to give.
Major Siembor was very proud of his JROTC staff coming together and putting forth the effort they did in such a short time with the difficulties of the on one day off the next schedule. Furthermore, he was impressed with how the LET I classes rallied behind the cause and chipped in.
Lastly the JROTC Bulldog Family would like to thank the Chinese Restaurant who donated the carry out containers and sauce containers for Ms. Wawa to sell her noodles, plus they included a separate check for the Thompson family of $40.
The JROTC would like the Thompson’s to know they are still in their thoughts and prayers.