In Honor of the Patriot Club of Cherry Hill High School Westby Former Representative Robert E. Andrews
Posted on 2013-02-25
of new jersey
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 25, 2013
Mr. ANDREWS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Patriot Club of
Cherry Hill High School West. The Patriot Club focuses on bringing
together students and members of the local community to honor current
and former servicemembers through their Veteran's Day and Donations for
The Veteran's Day program gives veterans the ability to share their service experiences at schools throughout Cherry Hill. Each November, members of the Patriot Club recruit veterans to take part in the program that gives students the opportunity to gain a better understanding and appreciation for the sacrifices made by military personnel.
The two-month-long Donations for Soldiers program gathers monetary and supply donations from students, parents, teachers, administrators and local businesses of Cherry Hill to create care packages that are distributed to soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.
In 2012, the Patriot Club recruited five schools to participate in the program, raising more than $4,000 and enough supplies to send 90 care packages overseas. This year, the club will be expanding the program to include all 18 schools in the Cherry Hill district. The goal is to raise $10,000 and to send 200 care packages to soldiers abroad.
For the past two years, Ray Horner has served as President of the Patriot Club. Senior Sean Bivins and Junior President-Elect Eytan Gittler have served as Co-Vice Presidents. Officers include Seniors Chris Blandy, Kevin Mullarkey, Sean Mullarkey and Conor McFadden. Freshman Rebecca Horner also volunteers with the club.