by Margaret Leonard
NORTH STONINGTON – On Friday February 21, Robert Priest, who served with the United States Army from 1966 to 1972, with boots on the ground in Vietnam from 1967-1968, presented the Give Back Club with two checks totaling $200.
[The giveback club is a group made up of about eighty Wheeler students who provide community service.] Five students and two advisors will be heading to Augusta, Maine in March to work for the Reavis Mills Foundation. (see the February 13 article)
Mr. Priest of North Stonington, is a member of the Harley P. Chase Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1265. He was first introduced to Rebecca Schilke, the co-advisor to Wheeler's Give Back Club, at an awards breakfast in January. The breakfast included three Wheeler students who were recognized for essays they had entered in the Patriots Pen patriotic essay writing competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
When the opportunity for a trip to Maine to serve a breakfast for Vietnam veterans came up for the Give Back Club), Mrs. Schilke reached out to Post #1265 in request of a donation. Mr. Priest responde, "What a wonderful project you and the students are involved with, although this is short notice I will see what can be done as far as donations.” He then told the VFW that he would match their donation.
By Robert D. Utter
NORTH STONINGTON - A handful of lucky dedicated Wheeler High School students will be headed to Augusta, Maine, early this spring on a remarkable service mission.
Members of the school’s Give Back Club were given the go-ahead by the Board of Education at the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12, to spend a couple of days working for the Travis Mills Foundation on March 26th and 27th. The foundation invited the students to help serve breakfast to more than 800 Vietnam veterans at the Augusta Armory.