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JROTC volunteers at humane society

Huntington North High School Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) students volunteered their time on Saturday, March 20, to the Huntington County Humane Society.
Huntington North High School Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) students volunteered their time on Saturday, March 20, to the Huntington County Humane Society. Photo by Lauren Winterfeld

Cadets from the Huntington North High School (HNHS) Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) have come to the aid of the Huntington County Humane Society, volunteering their time to help the humane society update their building.

Most recently, the cadets volunteered on Saturday, March 20, knocking out some major projects at the humane society.

According to the Huntington County Humane Society Facebook page, the JROTC students were able to complete projects in three hours. Without the help of the cadets, those same projects would have taken the humane society employees several weeks to complete on their own.

The projects the JROTC completed were taking apart and re-assembling the shelter’s back storage room, cleaning out the shelter’s cat room called PURRvana, cleaning cat towers and also bathing puppies.

“This space is so much more functional for housing our shelter kitties, having a designated medical area for vaccinations and exams, and storing all of our supplies,” the post said.

According to Sergeant First Class (SFC) Dana Lescoe, one of the JROTC program leaders, cadets go to the humane society every Wednesday as a way to “put the community first” and to give back to the community. Cadets in the JRTOC program are required to perform 40 volunteer hours.

Lescoe also said that Cadet Company Commander Alayna Pohler has planned, developed and led the project from its early stages. This work has resulted in the culmination of over 180 volunteer hours.

“In the end, our program is about becoming better citizens and applying what they learn in our classroom to their day-to-day activities and life style,” Lescoe said. “Each and every one of our cadets and parents have stepped up.”