by Caitlyn Tierney
Social Studies Teacher Mr. Thomas Hornish’s fundraiser “Cup of Joe for G.I. Joe” opened for donations on Tuesday. The fundraiser is run by the Support the Troops Club; donations and coffee will be sent overseas to Assistant Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson’s company in Qatar
According to Hornish, the fundraiser developed because of a comment by WHS alum Captain Dan McGrory, who pilots Black Hawk helicopters in Afghanistan. In a letter to his family, McGrory mentioned that his soldiers had trouble finding a good cup of coffee while deployed in the Middle East. Hornish said he heard of the dilemma and decided to help.
“When I was in high school, at the height of the [Vietnam War,] you did not get that kind of support for the troops,” said Hornish. “This [support] is very gratifying to see.”
According to Hornish, if everything goes as planned, the project will raise approximately $1,000 and send 80-100 pounds of coffee.
The project raised over $300 on the first day, according to Hornish, which he said emphasizes the level of care WHS shows for the military.
Said Hornish, “If every person in WHS gives a dollar or even 50 cents, we can raise $1,000 this week.”