All photos this week courtesy of Ms. Jennifer Hodges (2011 game)
Listening to the National Anthem slice through a crisp autumn night reminds us that there were thousands who went before us to preserve our freedoms. It’s hard to remain unmoved by the sight of veterans saluting the flag they risked their lives to protect … while many of us sat comfortably in our living rooms watching history unfold on our flat screen televisions.
Have you ever wished there was something you could do? Some small way you could give back? An avenue for your family to get involved to say thank you?
This week, Allendale High School is giving you that chance!
For the past few years APS has partnered with the nationwide WoundedWarriorProject.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of fostering “the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.”
By providing wounded vets with a backpack filled with basic needs, the welcome they receive from Wounded Warrior Project [WWP] is the first some of our servicemen and women receive upon their return home. Providing relief and counsel for those struggling to re-adjust to life, hosting family support and restoration retreats, and helping vets secure jobs via Warriors to Work are just a few of the things this organization spearheads.
Allendale is using this Friday’s Homecoming football game to raise money to support the Wounded Warrior Project. We are welcoming veterans from the Allendale community to join us and be recognized for serving our country (see sign up information below). Community veterans will receive a goodie bag, a Wounded Warrior Project t-shirt, and food at the game. Last year over forty-five veterans participated and proceeds from the evening totaled $10,000! This year we’ve set our sights on raising $15,000!
Will you help us reach that goal? Here’s how you can get involved:
>>Come to the football game and participate in our silent auction. This year we are auctioning off a custom-painted bike!
>>For just $10 you can purchase a WWP T-shirt. Wearing your shirt = free admission into four athletic contests:
- This Friday’s Homecoming Football Game (Sept. 21)
- Sept. 25 Volleyball vs. Belding
- Jan. 25 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Coopersville
- Jan. 30 Wrestling vs. Coopersville
>>For $15 you can sponsor a veteran.
>>Donate money to grow the work that Wounded Warrior is already doing. Consider doing this as a family. Discuss the project with your children over dinner and make this Homecoming about more than a parade or a coronation–make it a teachable moment!
>>Thank our community sponsors: Tolman Auto, Mainstreet Pub, Master’s Financial, Solid Rock Debt Services, Allendale True Value, Allendale Pack and Mail.
We look forward to a special night where we can recognize the athletes on the field and the service people who braved the battlefield. We are honored to participate in the 2012 Wounded Warrior Project on campus. Please come and help us fill our stadium with much-deserved applause!
If you are a veteran interested in participating, please contact Ms. Jennifer Hodges:
Football game tailgating begins at 5 pm; Veterans should plan to arrive at 6:30