By TOMIE V. PARKS
Editor for the Hutto News
Enrolling in the JROTC class at Hutto High School is not a one-step process.
Just like art class, supplies will need to be purchased. Unfortunately drill rifles cost more than paint.
"What the school budget doesn't pay for, we do," said Elaine Prout, JRTOC parent.
So to help JROTC families offset the additional financial burden, the group has planned a fund-raising car show, which is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 26, at Hutto High School.
Titled "Full Throttle," the event will feature more than 200 vehicles from sports cars to motorcycles. Live military displays are planned as well as a classic rock performance by the Clutch Kings band from Austin.
"You don't have to worry about bringing snacks," Prout said. "There'll be plenty of food trucks to chose from, so lunch is covered.
Anna Collins, the chief master sergeant of the Hutto JROTC, is looking forward to this inaugural event.
"It's going to be a fun day, and everything that comes in will be for the kids," Collins said. "What doesn't pay for the ceremonial uniforms and color guard equipment will go toward the end-of-the-year military ball and and scholarship fund."
To the students, preparing for the car show has become a tangible display of teamwork and leadership.
"That's why it's so important," said sophomore Michael Prout. "It's a product of what the JROTC is all about."