Deployed 82nd CAB soldier tries to help daughter's band win grant
Posted November 10, 2011
Updated December 1, 2011
Cameron, N.C. — Christopher Walker might be deployed to Afghanistan with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, but he isn’t letting that stop him from trying to help his daughter’s high school band get new instruments.
Earlier this year, Walker, a Blackhawk maintenance test pilot, submitted an idea to the Pepsi Refresh project in hopes of getting the Union Pines High School marching band new instruments.
It was the second time Walker submitted the idea for a $25,000 grant to replace the instruments, which are more than 15 years old. Last year, the idea failed to win enough online votes.
Before he could find out if this year’s idea made the cut and appear online for voting, Walker was deployed.
On Nov. 1, Walker received an email that his idea was selected and voting would be held this month.
After failing to get enough votes last year, Walker said he knew it would take more votes than just students and parents at Union Pines. So, he focused on reaching out to the community with the goal of getting the idea in the top 15 for the entire month.
Votes are accepted online, through Facebook and through text message, until midnight Nov. 30.
This week, the idea climbed into the top 15.
During Walker’s spare time, he stays active on the Union Pines Band Booster Facebook page and maintains the booster’s website.
“It’s difficult keeping up with all the necessary daily communications required to keep our supporters motivated to vote each day of the month, but I have a lot of band booster parents and friends who believe that we can do it as much as I do. Without their help, I honestly don’t think we would have a chance,” Walker said via email.
The top 15 vote-getters at the end of the month will be finalists for the $25,000 grant.