Five NJROTC Cadets kicked off their summer with an afternoon of fun helping Second Harvest Food Bank with their Rubber Duck Derby. Rain threatened but could not keep participants away from enjoying food, snowballs, and special guests. Hank the Pig was on hand to oversee the annual fundraiser in City Park. A dump truck released 20,000 rubber ducks into a cordoned-off section of Big Lake near the New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans Fire Department used hoses to propel the ducks down the lane. The first duck to reach the end was the winner. People sponsored ducks and the winner received a cash prize in return. Brother Martin NJROTC Cadets were on hand to assist the fire department with crowd control and the trip hazards of pressurized fire hoses.
After the short race, Cadets Avery Broussard ‘21, Artie Dagaglou ‘21, Ryan Johnson ‘20, Patrick O’Neill ‘20, and Andres Rodriguez ‘21 grabbed a net along with other volunteers and started scooping. As the hot afternoon sun warmed the shore, Cadets worked to bring the 20,000 ducks ashore, box them up, and stack them onto pallets. Once the last box went on the truck, all the volunteers cheered for a job well done. Most of the crowd began to disperse, but the NJROTC Cadets stayed around to help break down tents, load generators, and other equipment back into vans for the small group of Second Harvest representatives.
Once again, Brother Martin Cadets represented themselves and the school to the highest standards. It was a great finish to the school year and an opportunity to start the summer right!