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Jun 30

Cocoa High School JROTC Shows Pride in their Community

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 5:03 PM by Samantha Senger

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Within Cocoa High School is the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, whose motto is to motivate students to become better citizens. This motto is demonstrated throughout all of the community service performed by the Cadets throughout the year. In the beginning of the year, Cadets participate in Massing of the Colors, which is a Veterans' Day event to show appreciation to our military. It was held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 on the Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Campus. Over 80 Cadets attended the event, volunteering to hold flags for organizations as well as salute and honor our service men and women.

There are many events throughout the year which Cadets take part in. One of the most successful is the Feed the Need project which consists of five parts. Collecting cans, financial planning, budgeting a thanks giving meal for a family of four, collecting cans for the food drive, and finally donating the food to the Sharing Center of Brevard. With the knowledge gained from the financial planning, each Company commander was given $50 to budget a full meal, which six families within Cocoa received during the holiday season. Within the project is the Boy Scout food drive where over 14,000 cans of food were collected. Those cans are packaged and organized to be given to the Sharing Center.

The Florida Coastal Cleanup took place from 8am to 12pm on September 19, 2015 at many beaches in Brevard. The cleanup was a great success. Cocoa High School Cadets picked up over 20 full bags of trash. This is part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. This is a world-wide litter reduction effort. The event happens each year at beaches all over the world on the third Saturday of September. The data from this event is used to educate our community about the problems associated with marine debris and the role we play in solving these problems. This event gives Cadets a feeling of doing well in the community also in bigger view, making a worldwide change.

The Tiger Battalion's goal is to create better citizens, which creates a better city.

-Written by Public Relations Assistant, Lindsey “Lux” Nankivil

We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the Cadets to their community.