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Morton Hosted a Special Military Child Event
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Monday, May 04, 2015
Morton`s Military Child Appreciation Breakfast
Morton`s Military Child Appreciation Breakfast

Morton holds annual event   celebrating its military community’s youngest members

With so many of its students coming from military families, and recognizing that military life can be difficult for children, Family Life Counselor Dawn Wright, administrators and staff at Morton Elementary School took the opportunity to honor their military students each day from April 13 — 17 as part of the Month of the Military Child.

The week-long commemoration culminated in their annual military family breakfast and celebration.

Each child entered the multi-purpose room behind the flag that represented their loved one’s branch of the armed forces. Marine Corps Junior ROTC, Lejeune High School posted the Colors. Cadet Second Lieutenant April Pellicore, Lejeune High School, sang The National Anthem.

There was a special appearance by Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller, a military veteran himself. Miller read one of his favorite books, “Hero Dad” by Bryan Langdo and Melinda Hardin.

Jaelyn Forbes read the poem “The Dandelion – The Flower of the Military Child.”

Student speakers, Justin Baltazar and Gage Pettit, shared their experiences as part of a military family — the challenges and the triumphs. They talked about their having to accept many changes in their lives, moving frequently, being without a parent or parents for long periods of time, having to leave friends behind and make new friends ….

Wright said it is important to distinguish these students and what they experience as a military child. At the end of the breakfast she read each student’s name aloud and gave them each a certificate in appreciation of their sacrifices, courage and adaptability, and she thanked their parents for their service and sacrifices for national safety.

Onslow County Schools throughout the district have or will hold events celebrating our military students and the Month of the Military Child.

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