A huge thank you to Doug Kittle for nominating the Heroes & Huskies Project to Nebraska Loves Public Schools. Another big thank you to Nebraska Loves Public Schools for filming a commercial about us.
With the first group of our Heroes we split them up with their Huskie and sent them off to other rooms where they went through the interview process. We only got to hear individual stories. We changed things up with the second group and improved the process with our third and current group, we put into our schedule a panel discussion day.
On panel discussion day, we put all the veterans in front of the room with Tim Elge acting as a moderator. This time we gave the students a topic and had them write a question for the veterans about the topic. Then after introductions, the students took turns asking questions of the panel. This group of Heroes is very interesting and have great stories about their military experiences and I learned that 90 minutes is NOT enough time for this session.
We raised $211 during our Cast Your Vote Fundraiser. Our winner, Sarge Collingham who is very well known in Aurora, served as our 2017 Homecoming Grand Marshall. It was a lot of fun riding in the parade from the high school to the business square with him. Sarge has a lot of great stories and so many people along the parade route called out to him as we drove by. Sarge is a WWII veteran, served on the Aurora High School football chain gang for 65 years, and an avid supporter of the Aurora athletic teams.
The Heroes & Huskies Project cannot say enough thanks to the people who helped make our pancake feed successful. Thank you....
Vet's Club for the use of the building
Ron Paider, the Pancake Griddle Master
Ron & Tim Elge, pancake makers & flippers, assistants to the Pancake Griddle Master
Redding, Sarah, & Kamryn, 3 hard-working Huskies servers
Molly Elge, Set-up & Clean-up
Roger Anderson, Building supervisor & supply chief
Bob Schneider, Clean-up Crew
Kurt Johnson, Aurora-News Register
Rich Lemmerman, American Legion presentations & Clean-up
We also received several large donations today and greatly appreciate all of the support. Pictures from our donor presentations can be found on the Sponsors page.
Vote early and vote often! We will have a voting booth set up at the home AHS sporting events until September 22. Cast your vote for Jess Gallagher or Sarge Collingham.
It is the beginning of another semester and the AHS Heroes & Huskies Project will be introducing the next group in October. This will be our largest group so far and I am anxious to get started. We plan to have some Marines in our group of Heroes, along with Navy, Army and Air Force veterans. Like the other two groups, we plan to provide the DC trip free of charge to our veterans and students. Getting 29 people to Washington DC will be a challenge but so worth the time and effort. Our project can always use a little support, so if you know a veteran who would like to be part of this project please let us know and if you would like to donate money for the trip please check out our "Donate" page to find out how you can send us money.
Please check out our website for more updates in October!
Thank you to everyone who helped run the Snow Shack during A'ROR'N Days. A special thank you to Kyle Peterson for providing the Snow Shack, ice, and flavors. We were able to raise over $500 for the project.
I was going through my Google photos announcements today and saw this stylized photo. I thought it was too cool not to share. Kirt, Roger, Brian and Nick are standing above the Battle of Midway engraving.