Phoenix Students Raise Funds For Wounded Warrior Project

Donald VanAuken, a senior at Birdlebough High School, receives a certificate from Sgt. James Hayes prior to the Faculty versus Air Force charity basketball game held recently in the JCB gymnasium. VanAuken has enlisted in the Marine Corps and will begin his basic training in Parris Island, SC, after graduating from JCB in June.
Donald VanAuken, a senior at Birdlebough High School, receives a certificate from Sgt. James Hayes prior to the Faculty versus Air Force charity basketball game held recently in the JCB gymnasium. VanAuken has enlisted in the Marine Corps and will begin his basic training in Parris Island, SC, after graduating from JCB in June.

PHOENIX – As part of a yearlong effort to pay tribute to injured servicemen and women, Phoenix students have raised $500 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Members of the John C. Birdlebough High School Student Council adopted the Wounded Warrior Project as its charitable cause for the year.

Teacher Angie Neiss drives to the basket during a recent basketball game to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Phoenix faculty competes against armed servicemen as part of the charity event.
Teacher Angie Neiss drives to the basket during a recent basketball game to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Phoenix faculty competes against armed servicemen as part of the charity event.

The project serves veterans who suffered injuries during military service on or after September 11, 2001.

According to student council advisor Lisa Spereno, students and the community have embraced the cause since the beginning of the school year.

Council members sold Wounded Warrior Project bracelets and organized a faculty versus Air Force game to raise money for the organization.

“Our students have really dedicated themselves to the Wounded Warrior Project all year,” Spereno said. “It’s a great organization and, all in all, we will be donating $500 to them.”