Between the 19th and 23rd of September, NC State hosted the annual Shack-A-Thon event on the ‘Brickyard’. Shack-A-Thon was founded in 1998 under the mission to raise awareness for reasonably priced housing in Wake County. Since its creation, this student-run tradition has now led to over $340,000 being raised for Habitat for Humanity and the construction of over 20 homes. In keeping with this grand event, Air Force ROTC joined the more than 50 student organizations and built a shack to bring awareness to the issue of affordable housing.
This year, Connor McClanahan headed the project. Utilizing Montrey McNeill’s pentagon design created through AutoCAD, Connor and his small team made the shack a reality over the course of a Sunday. When the last nail was hammered in, it was up to ROTC cadets to occupy the shack throughout the week. These Cadets went so far as to sleep through the damp nights to ensure it was manned 24/7. In the end, Air Force ROTC contributed to the $65,000 goal for the fundraiser. The significance of this tradition is not to be underestimated. When interviewed, Connor said it was “really cool to see the community come together to help out a family for the common good.” Driven to support the local community, Air Force ROTC is grateful for the successful event and anticipates spending another week next year with the Shack-A-Thon community.