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When disasters such as Hurricane Katrina strike, kids may feel that there is nothing they can do to help.

But cadets from Würzburg High School’s Junior ROTC learned they could find strength in numbers.

In the first month of school, the 100 cadets went door-to-door, to their parents’ units and workplaces and their own workplaces to raise nearly $7,000 for hurricane relief, according to retired 1st Sgt. Jack Wayne, the JROTC first sergeant.

With Andrews Federal Credit Union matching the $6,824.25 JROTC donation dollar for dollar, the students presented a check Monday for $13,648.50 to the American Red Cross, Würzburg.

“This was our [annual] service learning project,” Wayne said. The project has to be something that would benefit the community or a charitable organization.

“For the last couple of years, they have been collecting food to send to an orphanage in Romania. This year, the kids said they wanted to do a fundraising drive for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.”

Being part of a group helped some of the students who didn’t know where to begin to help hurricane victims on their own.

“I thought after the hurricane hit that if everybody could help out a little, it would really ease the stress on the people affected by the hurricane,” said Brittany Jones, a high school junior and platoon leader in JROTC.

“It made it a little bit easier doing my part by going through the school to raise money.”

Although the cadets have donated to worthwhile projects in the past, this year’s project was more personal for them, Wayne said.

“They were really hyped up that this time their work would benefit the citizens of our own country,” he said.


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