Broward County Association of Student Councils Raise $37,800 for Veterans to Visit Nation’s Capital

Tuesday, March 03, 2015
 

Student officers from the Broward County Association of Student Councils (BCASC) presented a check to Rick Asper, Chair, Honor Flight South Florida for $37,800 at the March 3, 2015, School Board of Broward County, regular meeting. This is the largest financial donation by students from Broward County Public Schools to a non-profit agency. 

This funding provides the opportunity for 90 World War II and Korean War Veterans to visit Washington, DC on April 25. 

The Spring Honor Flight will include Tuskegee Airmen Retired Lt. Col. Leo R. Gray, who was one of the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces, and served in the 100th Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. 

“We are especially proud of our students for providing a gift of thanks and gratitude to our veterans for their sacrifices, and for raising awareness of the Honor Flight,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We are honored to support their efforts.” 

BCASC created numerous fundraisers including flag-based collaborative projects and letters to businesses and parents to gain support. Students from elementary, middle and high schools throughout Broward County participated in this effort. 

Students will also participate in a special homecoming event at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when the flight returns the evening of April 25. 

The BCASC challenges all schools in Broward County to participate next year to raise funds for future honor flights. 

South Florida Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all of their sacrifices. The organization transports the veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at war memorials. Top priority is given to senior veterans – World War II survivors – along with other veterans who may be terminally ill. Veterans visit the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknown Solider and the Iwo Jima Memorial, during their one-day visit to the nation’s capital. 

For more information about this project, contact Michael Roland, Student Activities, at 754-321-1200 or email michael.roland@browardschools.com

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Caption: Student officers from the Broward County Association of Student Councils (BCASC) present a check to Rick Asper, Chair, Honor Flight South Florida with Tuskegee Airmen retired Lt. Col. Leo R. Gray, members of the School Board and Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. 

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Caption: Tuskegee Airmen retired Lt. Col. Leo R. Gray speaks to members of the School Board and Superintendent Robert W. Runcie about the upcoming Honor Flight on April 25. 
 

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