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Students at Havelock Elementary School show their gratitude during the Veterans Day Bike Parade at School. Students took the time to decorate their bike to display their gratefulness.
Craven County Schools Celebrate Veterans and Military Families
By: Valerie Nasser, Military Liaison Counselor
During the month of November, schools throughout Craven County celebrate military families and Veterans. This year’s unique celebrations included flag raising ceremonies with patriotic music and poetry; elementary school parades and assemblies; spirit weeks; meals for Veterans and families with special guest speakers, and an array of musical tributes.
In addition to the traditional Veterans Day holiday, each November, the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month, and with hundreds of thousands of service members deployed overseas, recognizing the daily sacrifices made by active duty, Guard, and Reserve military families has never been more important. In addition to specific celebrations, many schools also recognize our military “heroes” throughout November via daily announcements and bulletin boards.
Here are some highlights from the month:
This year, Brinson Memorial Elementary School hosted two special programs. Marines read stories to students who were also treated to a military heavy equipment demonstration. Veterans and active duty military families from Brinson joined in a Military Ball Brunch with keynote speaker Lt. Colonel Leffler. Ben D. Quinn Elementary School hosted a Veterans Breakfast with MCAS Cherry Point, Sgt. Major McElearney as the guest speaker.
Both Grover C. Fields Middle School and Tucker Creek Middle School honored military families around a flag-raising with patriotic music. Always well attended, Tucker Creek Middle presented their annual Veterans Day concert at the Havelock High Performing Arts Center.
Havelock High School engaged students with a special week of recognition and service, challenging students to both celebrate and give back to their communities in keeping with the school’s #loveallserveall mission.
According to data from 2018-19, about 20 percent of K-12 students in Craven County are military connected. Military families hail from all branches of the service: Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force, National Guard and Coast Guard. Schools are supported by the command at MCAS Cherry Point with a variety of services. Those schools with large military- connected populations receive direct services from Military Family Life Counselors based on school campuses. The command also provides a link through a School Liaison Officer, Leafa Palmer, to aid families and schools in making connections on base and in the community.
Craven County Schools employs a Military Liaison Counselor, Valerie Nasser, who works closely with both Ms. Palmer and individual schools to assure that the distinctive needs of military students are met. Craven County Schools strives to build a culture that offers a strong sense of community and embraces military students and families.