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To reinforce the Patriotic goal of College of the Ozarks and its laboratory high school, School of the Ozarks, the high school students created a club called "Pitch in for Patriots™." By "pitchin’ in" money, support, and time, S of O students want to make a positive difference in the lives of Veterans and hope to inspire others to do the same.

As their first project, the club helped the local Branson Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 913 with money they collected during the College’s annual Honor America celebration held on campus June 30, 2013. The donations went to Chapter 913’s Veterans Assistance fund, which provides funds to help struggling Veterans with needs such as gas money for visits to the doctor at the Veterans Hospital, utility bills, and wheelchair ramps.

The School of the Ozarks Pitch in for Patriots™ club also collected items to send to a faculty member and his battalion who are currently serving in the Middle East. This past fall, the club held a Fun Run to help raise funds for a project which was inspired by Mr. Bill O’Reilly. The students raised funds and started collecting monthly donations from College faculty and staff to purchase a TrackChair for a disabled Missouri Veteran Staff Sergeant Daniel Barnes. Most recently, the club decided to donate a significant amount of money to Wreaths Across America and the two co-presidents travelled to Washington D.C. to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.

The students hope "Pitch in for Patriots™" serves as model for other high school and college students around the country who want to start a club on their campuses. If you would like to donate to "Pitch in for Patriots™," please mail your donation to School of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 17, Point Lookout, MO 65616, or call the School at 417-690-2325 for more information about how you can help.

Club Outline:

  1. Invite students to show their patriotism by serving those who have served.
  2. Brainstorm needs in the community related to Veterans
  3. Create teams to research the identified needs
  4. Present research to the group
  5. Select project
  6. Execute project
  7. Reflect on results
  8. Celebrate the results
  9. Share the Story
  10. Recruit more students and research new projects!

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