By: Patrick Barnaba ‘17
Earlier this school year, senior Tim Schmitt collaborated with the office of Social Justice of Peer Ministry to establish a donation drive for the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation. The Social Justice group decided that they wanted to connect the drive to the pep rally, held on Sept. 25. They assigned certain teachers to milk jugs and collected money throughout lunch periods during the week leading up to the pep rally. The teacher who had the most money in their jug got a pie in the face!
Thanks to Tim’s idea, the CBA community raised nearly $1,100, a major success, and Assistant Principal, Mr. Person had a cream smeared face!
Snack food for children in the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation Family Room at the VA hospital was purchased with the money, as well as various assorted toiletries for VA use. Students put together gift baskets and goodie bags. Students in Jr. High Lasallian made cards for the VA. Juniors and seniors delivered the goodie bags and the cards to the VA hospital last week.
Q & A With Tim Schmitt
What sparked your interest in aiding the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation?
“I learned about the foundation through a collection held at St. Mary’s church. I thought it was an excellent cause and that CBA would be a great place to host another collection. This past summer, visiting West Point with my family, drove home the sacrifice and commitment that comes with military service. This foundation is a practical way the rest of us can show our appreciation.”
What were your original thoughts for raising money and how did they come to fruition?
“I initially thought of holding a collection for items for care packages, but upon contacting the charity, they said they were more in need of a monetary donation at that time. Peer ministry came up with the idea of collecting money in milk cartons with teachers’ pictures on it and then pie-ing the top three. I thought that was a great idea and I was glad we were able to pull it off.”
What sets the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation apart from other veteran charities?
“The Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation is a local charity meaning that most of the benefits of what they do are received locally. Examples of this include scholarships to Baldwinsville High school students, assistance in providing service dogs to local veterans, operating the Cpl. Kyle Schneider Family Room at the Syracuse VA Hospital, and working with Syracuse Marine Parents to send care packages to troops originally from the Syracuse area, now serving our country overseas.
How did you establish the link between the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation and the VA hospital?
“I knew they had a relation because some of the item donations they ask for are for the Cpl. Kyle Schneider Family Room at the Syracuse VA Hospital.”
If you could describe the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation in a few words, what would they be?
“This foundation has the back of the families that have our back every day.”
Do you have any family members or close friends who have served our country?
“I have a cousin in the US Army who has done tours in Afghanistan. Going back a generation or more, members of my family have served in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and Vietnam. I am currently pursuing an appointment to a United States Service Academy.”
What is the most satisfying part of knowing the drive raised nearly $1,100?
“It is satisfying to know that students can make a difference, sometimes for a cause that is far-removed from many of our lives, and knowing that these funds improve the experiences of veterans and their families right here in Syracuse.”