Knights of Heroes


Knights of Heroes founder Colonel Steve Harrold accepts donation from RMCA.

During January, students at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA) held a school-wide fundraiser for the Knights of Heroes Foundation supporting military children by fully funding their attendance at a summer camp located on Pikes Peak’s western slope. RMCA elementary students collected lose change for a month to promote one of RMCA’s seven character traits, in this case, “Generosity.”

Students raised $1,123.30. Third-grade Teacher Mrs. Kyle Hammond’s class raised the most, $118.00 dollars, to earn the right to present a check for the proceeds to Knights of Heroes Foundation founder Lieutenant Colonel Steve Harrold, United States Air Force, retired,. 

Colonel Harrold created the Knights of Heroes Foundation in 2007 to commemorate the life of a friend and former pilot, Major Troy Lee "Trojan" Gilbert, who was killed during combat operations flying his F-16 to protect ground troops being overrun by the enemy in the Al-Anbar Province, Iraq on November 27, 2006. At the time of his death, Major Gilbert was a husband and father of five children.

Given the RMCA community consists of over 20 percent active duty military and federal civil servants, Colonel Harrold’s Foundation and the school share interests. Each summer, the Knights of Heroes invites families with children between the ages of 11-17 and who have lost a parent due to military service to attend summer camp at no cost. While the kids camp, parents and younger siblings spend the week visiting sites in and around Colorado Springs. The Foundation makes lodging and travel arrangements for families that attend from outside the local area.

To learn more about the Knights of Heroes, please visit http://knightsofheroes.org/. To learn how you can help RMCA support the Knights of Heroes, please contact Mrs. Dana Woods at dwoods@rmcacs.org .