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ROTC members fire up students in quarantine and isolation housing

Jumping jack challenge inspires, lifts spirits

Members of The Ohio State University ROTC recently stretched their muscles and flexed their school spirit to support students staying in quarantine or isolation housing because of their exposure to or positive test for COVID-19. 

ROTC members gathered at Lawrence Tower Friday evening to perform jumping jacks and push-ups to help inspire the students in isolation. The effort was part of the university’s military appreciation activities leading up to Veterans Day.

The ROTC students repeated the physical feats for students housed at the Marriott. Students in both locations raised signs in the windows sharing thanks and appreciation.

“In non-COVID times, ROTC would be marching the national flag into the stadium,” said Tracy Stuck, who facilitates community partnerships in the Office of Student Life.

The Nov. 7 Ohio State football game against Rutgers would normally have featured a tribute to members of the armed forces with support from ROTC students. However, only a limited number of family members and staff are allowed into Ohio Stadium on game day because of the pandemic.

The Office of Student Life and student organizations continue to support those in quarantine and isolation. Last month, the Ohio State marching band serenaded the students before the first home game of the season. Each week, members of the Student COVID Alliance create and deliver care packages to those same students.

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