Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) DECA presented checks to Honor Flight Columbus, the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Heart Association Tuesday, March 5 at the school. Honor Flight is a national group begun in 2005 in Springfield, Ohio designed to honor veterans by giving them a free opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to visit our national war memorials. OLHS DECA has donated a grand total of more than $40,000 since 2008 to help sponsor flights for the veterans. The Wounded Warrior Project is a charity dedicated to raising awareness of the needs of injured servicemen and women. DECA has donated a total of $6,000.00 to the Wounded Warrior Project in the past two years.
Finally, a donation of $7,086.00 was also made that day to the American Heart Association. The funds for all donations were raised via these super students’ marketing plans. A “super drawing” was held, rivalry shirt sales were undertaken, as well as successful campaigns during veterans fundraising week and jeans week for teachers. The American Heart Association donation was made possible due to a “red-out” football game, a valentine candy-gram sale and jeans week at several neighboring elementary schools. OLHS DECA students and staff received recognition from Congressman Pat Tiberi, Governor John Kasich and United States Senators Portman and Brown thanking them for their support of Honor Flight and the Wounded Warrior Project. The honor flight that OLHS DECA helped sponsor is scheduled for May 18, 2013.