Leading By Example: Lake Orion High School Students Come Together To Support Cell Phones For Soldiers
At Lake Orion High School in Michigan, student leaders and faculty have taken Cell Phones For Soldiers’ mission to a new level. Lake Orion is planning its fifth-annual CELL OUT For Soldiers, where students voluntarily give up their own phones for a day in January. For each phone turned in at the beginning of the school day, the school donates $1 to Cell Phones For Soldiers. This innovative program has caught the attention of local and regional news—for great reason!
Since 2015, Lake Orion High School’s leadership class has donated $15,000 to help Cell Phones For Soldiers’ Minutes That Matter program, which provides free calling cards to our deployed troops.
We are so grateful for these amazing students!
Advisor Lora Hogan says Lake Orion chose to benefit Cell Phones For Soldiers with this special day because the school feels a patriotic connection to the men and women in our armed forces. The fact that Cell Phones For Soldiers co-founders Brittany and Rob Bergquist were kids when they started this organization also inspired Lake Orion.
“Our 2,300 kids and over 140 staff members find CELL OUT to be the best day of school,” Lora says. Communication and connection are great that day and we love it. It unites our kids in a way that nothing else can.”
CELL OUT’s success has been overwhelming at Lake Orion, the first school in the nation to host such an event. Lora hopes the project will expand to other schools across the United States, offering American students a day to disconnect from their devices while helping our country’s heroes.
This #GivingTuesday, we’re highlighting businesses and organizations that have helped Cell Phones For Soldiers by donating or serving as donation sites for cell phones and other mobile devices. Setting up a permanent donation site—or hosting a collection drive—at your business or organization is a free and simple way to engage your local audience.
For other stories about organizations who help us help troops and veterans, keep an eye on our Facebook page on #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018.