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Proviso West Students Support the Troops

Sergio Aguirre graduated from Proviso West High School in 2004. He was in the very first class of NJROTC students at West. Today, he is a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps serving in Afghanistan.

Aguirre is the inspiration behind a thriving “Support the Troops” program at Proviso West High School. Aguirre’s father, and his sister, who is currently a member of NJROTC at Proviso West, formed a partnership with the Village of Berkley, the company Data Mark, the American League, and Proviso West High School to send over 100 carts of personal goods and care products to troops serving overseas in Iraq and in Afghanistan.

“Sergio Aguirre has spent one tour in Iraq,” said Proviso West’s NJROTC Commander, Gerard Egler. “He is now serving in Afghanistan. I remember him as one of our first NJROTC students. Now he’s overseas serving our country.”

Proviso West’s NJROTC received an outpouring of support from students and teachers. Aguirre’s sister, Patricia Aguirre, who is now a part of NJROTC was the primary organizer of “Support the Troops.” She says the support of Proviso West High School well exceeded her highest expectations.

“Right now we’re in a troubled economy, but we still have people who are overseas fighting for us,” said Aguirre. “We started Support the troops to help them. We never expected it to get this big. The whole school got involved and donated whatever they could. The Proviso West key club, student council, teachers, and students all chipped in. The level of support we received was breathtaking.”

The students sent personal care items overseas that are not provided by the military. These items included everything from gourmet food and personal hygiene items to plastic utensils, blank CDs and even popcorn. Students say their participation in “Support the Troops” was their own personal way of showing patriotism and encouraging troops fighting abroad.

Great job students! Keep up the good work.

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