Havelock school celebrates five-year partnership with Marines

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Students wave flags for CNATT members Friday at Havelock Elementary School.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM.

Havelock Elementary School students gathered last week to celebrate the support of the Marine unit that adopted the school five years ago.

"Five years they’ve been rocking and rolling," Principal Alexandria Aguiar said of the men and women of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training at Cherry Point.

The children said thanks by singing songs and handing over a box of collected goodies to deliver to the Marines overseas.

"We love CNATT," Aguiar said. "They make a huge difference with our children. They tutor the fourth- and fifth-graders. They help them tutoring and with reading and math, and they are like a big brother and they have truly made a difference with our students. They come in and read for us at any time and we love it."

The feeling is mutual for the Marines, who get to spend time with the students in the school.

"We’ve been volunteers here for quite a bit now," Staff Sgt. Quinn Sawyer said. "For the last couple of years we’ve mentored the young students from (kindergarten) all the way to fifth grade. Last week we came and read Christmas stories to the kids. There’s a Scroogefest going on here soon that we’ll be part of. We handed out cookies for them. Anything volunteer wise that they need us to do we’ll do.

"I think it gives us a sense of pride because we’re giving back to the younger generations kind of like we got when we were their age, and also they get to see us active in our communities so hopefully when they get to our age they can aspire to be like we are, giving back."

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