Local biker plans to hold ride for Howe Military Academy

A lot of people are unhappy about the closing of Howe Military Academy. Some have even stepped up to take matters into their own hands. A local biker is using his passion to try to keep the school open.

Posted: Mar 30, 2019 6:10 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2019 11:08 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Rising costs and declining enrollment are the reasons why Howe Military Academy will close. The school is 135 years old and holds special significance to Jonathon Strack.

"Being prior military, I've always had a deep regard for the military institutions both collegiate and the ROTC programs," ride organizer Jonathon Strack said.

Strack planned to have a motorcycle ride Saturday to spread awareness to keep the school open, but rain got in the way.

However, he is not giving up.

He's using Saturday to get the word out there to the community that there will be a ride in may and you don't have to ride to show support.

"Being a veteran, I'm very active in my community, so I was reached out to by one of the parents who has been an integral part to the children's efforts to raise funds to save the school. I said you know what I got some friends I think would like to come help," he explained.

It's a school he said shapes many leaders and it would be a shame to lose it.

"We need to get involved with our local business leaders. We need to get involved with our local officials and we need to find a way to save this institution because if we lose it, we're losing a key structure for the development of our future leaders in the military," Strack added.

The ride will be in May. The date, location and time are being discussed.

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