For their Summer Reading project, JSU’s Freshman forum read “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, which is about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam war.
“It was a great book,” says freshman student Mallory Kirk. “It was really inspiring.”
The book had such a profound effect on the students that the forum decided to hold a ‘glow run,’ and donate the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project.
From their website, the Wounded Warrior Project has a vision “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.”
Started in 2003 by veterans in Roanoke, Virginia, the Wounded Warrior Project has been serving disabled veterans by providing services that are supported by donations. Organizations that have been involved with the Wounded Warrior Project in the past include the NFL, Geico, and Verizon Wireless.
In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Wounded Warrior Project, the Freshman forum invited participants to join them in a 10-lap walk around Dillon field on Monday, November 4th at 7:00 pm.
Although it was fairly cold outside, the spirit of the attendants was high as they lit their glow sticks and prepared for the walk.
“We really wanted to do something worthwhile–something that would mean something and help someone. We feel like raising money here tonight is a positive thing for all of us,” says Kirk.
The participants walked the first lap silently in honor of all American soldiers who have lost their lives defending our country. Afterwards, participants continued circling the field, either walking or jogging, while listening to live music performed by a local band, Hazel and Spree.
Freshman forum mentor Brittnei Scott expressed her satisfaction in the event. “As a mentor, I am very proud to see the forum come together for such a wonderful cause, and as the daughter of two military veterans it was an honor to see all of these students coming together for people who get forgotten about sometimes.”
Overall, the forum raised $200. One hundred percent of the donations will be given to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“It feels great.” says Kirk, “It’s good to know that you can be a part of something so big that means so much to many.”