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.
If you would also like to donate, please make checks payable to the Wheeler Activity Fund and write "Give Back Club" in the memo. Checks can be dropped off at the high school, or mailed to:
Wheeler High School
Attn: Rebecca Schilke
297 Norwich-Westerly Road
North Stonington, CT 06359
Donations are being used for food, transportation and hotel stay for students and advisors.