Havelock school celebrates five-year partnership with Marines

Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM.

The presence of the Marines serves as an example for the younger children, said Capt. Michael Dodson.

"It’s very important because the younger generation is the future of not just the Marine Corps but the future of the United States and what it’s going to be," he said. "Any time that we can come over and mentor and try to instill some good values and help the young folks out is just awesome and what we love to do."

The Marines show up at the school every other Tuesday, to the delight of the students, Aguiar said.

"They get real excited," she said. "We are very fortunate to have the military installation in our community because any time we give them a ring, they help us out, and having the units being willing to send out their Marines is key. They are very supportive."

And the kids respond by sending care packages that the Marines overseas appreciate in return.

"Whenever the mailroom comes down and says we just got a whole bunch of boxes in, the Marines just pile down there to see what kind of goodies they can get into," Dodson said. "It’s a great feeling knowing that the community supports you and that they are behind what you are doing over there. It’s a highlight."

Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 in Afghanistan will soon be getting a box from the students with notes and other items.

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