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Fort Worth Students May Miss National Championship Opportunity

Glint Adv - January 12, 2010 - 0 comments

We need your help! Members Of J.P. Elder Junior Middle School Cadet Corps qualified for the National Drill Championships, but lack funding to go.

This is a cause Glint has been involved with for the past two years. In the past our fundraising efforts have been geared toward raising money for the kids uniforms. We have had great success with this and due to the increased participation and the work of their drill sergeant, Farley Simon, J.P. Elder Middle School Junior Cadet Corps qualified as the number one team in Fort Worth ISD to attend the National Drill Championships in Wichita, Kansas.

Unfortunately, these young cadets may not have the opportunity to take their shot at the national title. The main issue preventing the Corps from competing against the top programs in the nation is a lack of financial support. Many of the cadets’ families cannot afford the cost of $150 per student; $6,000 in total for all 40 cadets.

Glint has sponsored one child. If we can get a few more companies or individuals to sponsor a child with us, we can help make a life-changing experience happen for the kids. These middle school kids have beat out affluent High Schools and Middle Schools in the regional competitions. Two other middle schools in Fort Worth have qualified 7 kids for the competition, JP Elder has 40 that qualified.

“Opportunities to do something profound for our children do not come around every day,” said Natalie Parish, Chair of the Fort Worth Chamber North Area Council Board. “This is a major opportunity for the community to show its support for these cadets.”

The school is looking for individual or corporate sponsors interested in making a taxdeductible donation to aid these young cadets in their quest for the national championship.

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated by both J.P. Elder and the cadets, and will help reward these students for their dedication and hard work. In appreciation, each sponsors’ name/logo will be advertised on the Web site,

“The accomplishments of these young cadets have exceeded all of our expectations,” added Parish. “We have supported J.P. Elder’s Junior Cadet Corps for four years now, and we have seen firsthand what a tremendous impact the program has had on these students’ lives.” The JCC program was established August 19, 2002, to instill values of discipline and respect in its cadets, as well as educate them on the importance of graduating high school. The cadets train with retired military instructors, and are heavily involved in serving the community.

JCC curriculum includes strategies to help students improve communication skills, learn leadership, enhance social and ethical values and promote character development and physical fitness. The program gives students an early look at the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in today’s global environment.

For more information or to make a donation, contact J.P. Elder Marine Corps Cadet Instructor Farley A. Simon at 817‐559‐2582, or by e‐mail at Checks may be made payable to: Tarrant County Marine Corps League for J.P. Elder JCC. The corporate Tax ID for J.P. Elder is #1‐75‐6001613‐5.

You can also contact Glint anytime at 817-616-0320 or email for more information.

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