Lincoln-Way ROTC Participates in Holiday Service Events
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Our Lincoln-Way ROTC program was a part of two service-oriented events recently:

United States Coast Guard Mackinaw Christmas Tree Ship
On December 5, 2015, 40 cadets from Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West AFJROTC program volunteered their time to assist in the unloading over 1,200 Christmas trees from the USCG Cutter Mackinaw for the annual Christmas Tree Ship. The trees are taken off the ship and loaded onto trucks for distribution to more than a thousand deserving families throughout Chicago.
In addition, the AFJROTC Color Guard posted the Colors for the opening ceremony.

Its always exciting to see the enthusiasm of the cadets as they unload the trees, stated MSgt Dan Schliffka. Their efforts are unmatched and they are an excellent representation of the Lincoln-Way student body.

Wreaths Across America
On December 12, 2015, over 60 cadets from Lincoln-Ways Central, West, East and North volunteered at the Wreaths Across America event at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Cadets began the day by unpacking over 9,200 wreaths to be placed on gravesites throughout the cemetery.

MSgt Schliffka, an Aerospace Science Instructor at Lincoln-Way Central, is the director of the days ceremony. Cadets assisted with all parts of the ceremony to include the singing of the National Anthem, the presentation of the United States Service wreaths and the United States Flag line.

Its always an honor to organize this ceremony, and to see so many of the cadets and their service member parents participate. They do an outstanding job at representing our Lincoln-Way schools and accepting this task to assist at one of the largest National Cemeteries in the United States, declared MSgt Dan Schliffka.

With both the Coast Guard ship and Wreaths Across America events our cadets put in over 400 community service hours.