News: Navy Misawa CPO 365 program hosts chili cook-off fundraiser for adopted school
Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Hueming Mui
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan – Members of the Navy Misawa CPO 365 program hosted a chili cook-off fundraiser at Cumming's Elementary School here, Jan. 18, 2012.
Chief petty officers and first class petty officers joined together to raise money for the elementary school they adopted as part of the Navy’s CPO 365 program. With all proceeds going directly back to the school toward funding future CPO 365 service projects, the combined efforts of these sailors helped raise more than $700.
“We’ll be utilizing these funds immediately,” said Chief Navy Counselor Todd Wean, who serves as the Navy Misawa CPO 365 community relations coordinator. “The school has asked us to build “shoe cubbies” for the children so they will have an organized area to put their wet snow boots when they arrive each morning.”
Wean said CPO 365 volunteers will begin building the cubbies next week and will place them in classrooms soon after.
Navy Misawa Chief Petty Officer Association members adopted Cummings Elementary last year and have already organized several school-assistance projects along with Misawa first class petty officers.
“We appreciate the Navy for helping out by putting together this wonderful event which will help raise money to support our children,” said Cummings Elementary School Principal Scott Sterry.
Of the 15 chili entries that took part in the cook-off, Naval Air Facility Misawa Safety Officer Jeff Wilson took home the top prize: “The Golden Ladle.”
"I was surprised I won,” he said. "My secret for the chili is pork, beef, very few beans, lot of sugar, and then I smoke it.”
Cmdr. Dave Cotts, NAF Misawa executive officer, took the second place prize, while Chief Mineman Scott Kopelwitz took home the third place award: “The Bronze Spork.”
“It was wonderful that so many people came out to support the school and enjoy themselves tonight,” said Sterry. “It was for a good cause, and I think our staff and children will really appreciate the cubbies.”
CPO 365 is a program which provides CPO mentorship to first class petty officers, while also introducing greater aspects of senior enlisted leadership, responsibility and accountability.
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