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JROTC delivers meals to those in need
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Pioneer JROTC members volunteered Monday with Meals on Wheels. Nathan Jennings is shown knocking on a door with food.
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Lucas Pescevic carries a cooler in one hand while he has a bag of food tucked under his arm.

Pioneer JROTC members are marching to the beat of community service.

The Warren County High School students took advantage of a day off from school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

According to 1st Sgt. Tim Howard, there were 21 JROTC members who participated.

“We really tried to stress to the kids that they would be meeting new people and they might be the only contact they have with that person for the day,” said Howard. “Some of the meal recipients were really appreciative to talk to the kids. We stayed and talked as long as we could and were with one lady for about 15 minutes. She didn’t want us to go.”

Meals on Wheels delivers food to elderly residents and shut-ins during the week. Howard said it’s just one of the regular volunteer projects for JROTC.

“Habitat for Humanity and Operation Christmas Child are two of the other things we do,” said Howard. “It’s part of our curriculum to learn about service. I want to give a big shout-out to Nancy Mayfield at Meals on Wheels for allowing us to do this for the past three or four years.”

Howard also thanked several parents for providing transportation to students not yet old enough to drive.

Next on the schedule of events for JROTC is holding a drill meet at the high school the first weekend in March. After that, the annual Military Ball is set for March 28 at Bridgestone.

The annual JROTC awards night is April 9 before the group participates in a Habitat for Humanity build on April 18.

“We’re staying busy,” said Howard.