JROTC students lend their helping hands

Huntington North High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) students donated their time to a local church and café, first taking down Christmas decorations and then using a shop-vac to prepare the floor for renovations.
Huntington North High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) students donated their time to a local church and café, first taking down Christmas decorations and then using a shop-vac to prepare the floor for renovations. Photo provided.

Huntington North High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) had several students donating their time at Life Church and Café of Hope on State Street in Huntington during the holiday break.

JROTC instructor and Sergent First Class (SFC, Retired) Dana Lescoe says the church and café are updating their flooring, but they needed a hand to prepare the space for repairs.

His JROTC students answered the call, and in addition to prepping the floors and installing wall sheeting, they also assisted the organization in the take-down of their Christmas decorations.

Each of his students is required to give 40 hours to community service per school year, but Lescoe says many are donating as much as 80 hours of their time.

“We are always looking for ways to help out in the community,” he said.

He and fellow instructor Chief Warrant Officer (CW2, Retired) Bobby Blair have entered a competition to see whose students can rack up more community service hours, says Lescoe.

The student with the most hours from either side will be awarded with an iWatch, he added.

“But, it’s not about that,” he noted. “It’s really about helping out our community.”

The JROTC program is in its first year at the high school. Over 90 students joined, and since have been active all around the community.