Master Sergeant Thomas Short explains: “One of the things the kids get out of here besides fundraising is, you know, we have a lot of kids that lack self-confidence and all that, and just doing one weekend of this — making eye contact with people, talking — they increase their self-confidence and realize public speaking isn’t so bad. We’re out here the entire month of October, except Halloween weekend and then we do the first weekend in November. You’ll see us around.”

(Members of the Marine Corps JROTC fundraise to support the program, which is open to all Beaver County high school students. Look for them outside the Wal-Mart in Monaca and other locations around the county throughout October — except Halloween weekend — and the first weekend in November. L to R: Joseph Kalemon, Hopewell; Leikyn Cochenour, Ambridge; Hannah Minnitte, Ambridge; Brie Otlowski, Central Valley)

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