Cadets continue community service

Grove City High School cadets have been spending their Saturdays cleaning up local parks.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the community hard, but the cadets of Grove City High School NJROTC were determined to not let the emergency affect their ability to serve the community. Usually, the cadets dedicate numerous hours after school and over the weekends volunteering to help local organizations with food drives, military service care packages, blood drives and Adopt-A-Highway to name a few. With so many activities and service projects lost due to COVID-19, the cadets took it upon themselves to organize, plan, and coordinate a weekly community park cleanup.

This fall, the cadets and their families have met every Saturday to clean several parks in the area including Alkire Woods, Battelle Darby, Windsor, Gantz and Henceroth parks. Led by senior cadet Liam Vance, they have already logged more than 200 hours of community service dedicated to local parks.

“I’m glad that the unit came together and worked hard to make sure the parks are clean,” said Vance.

The latest park clean up took place Nov. 21 at Scioto Grove Metro Park.

Cadet Jordan Burley said, “Our unit prides ourselves on community service. Even though we have had to make modifications to community service events due to COVID-19, such as masks and social distancing, it has not affected our ability to impact our community.”

With the onset of cooler weather, the cadets have postponed the park clean ups until further notice. However, the cadets wanted community members to know, as soon as the weather permits, the cadets will continue to plan, organize and clean up a community park each Saturday.

Cadet Samantha Paduchik
Public Affairs Officer

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