History Club To Focus More On Troops

October 1, 2018

Beginning this year, the history club renamed itself to “Teens For Troops” in an effort to increase awareness and bring more students into the club. The change comes after advisor Erin Coggins saw a similar idea implemented by another school and asked to borrow it.

“It’s changing from only the past to sort of a living history of the big events that are happening now and it’s also to help the history club get more involved in the community,” club president Abby Bradshaw said. “It brings extra opportunities to the troops and veterans.”

Previously, the club directed attention toward service members and veterans, but it was not exclusively devoted to them. Along with this change, Teens For Troops is organizing several school campaigns in support of troops.

“We are planning drive of items for Blue Star Mothers to send overseas. Also, we are working with the administration to pay for a block downtown that will honor all Sparkman alumni who have served.”

Their annual Veteran’s Day program will also reflect its new focus. This year’s assembly speaker will center his speech around awareness of the struggles of veterans.

“Ty Oswald is the leader of the Bearded Warriors, an organization that helps veterans get through mental illness and other conditions,” Coggins said.

Several club members have strong ties to veterans’ associations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and have made contact with them in search of opportunities to help. They are also planning on attending events throughout North Alabama that relate to their cause, like Wings Over Courtland and visiting the Vietnam “Wall That Heals” when it stops in Huntsville.

Teens For Troops is also working to arrange a way to honor veterans during the upcoming basketball season.

“I would like to have a veteran at every home game that we could honor between the boys and girls games. We want to give them a seat on the court and kind of make it their night. We are not just looking at older veterans we are looking for any veteran in our community,” Coggins said.


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