MALS-14, Havelock High join forces in adopt-a-school program

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Lt. Col. Ryan Goulette, second from left, commanding officer of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 at Cherry Point, signs the Adopt-a-School agreement next to Havelock High Principal Jeff Murphy, as other school and military representatives look on.

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Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 14:33 PM.

Havelock High Principal Jeff Murphy understands the ties that many of the school’s students have to the Marine Corps and Cherry Point.

Now, the Marine Corps has a formal tie to the school.

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 at Cherry Point officially adopted Havelock High School in a move that strengthens the bonds between both.

"We’ve always been supported by the base, and we have always tried to support the children of our military," Murphy said. "We’ve worked with them in a variety of ways over the years to help make their transitions to Havelock High School successful. This is just going to be one more step in building a relationship with Cherry Point and the Marine Corps and Havelock High School, which has been going on for 50 or 60 years now."

Through the Adopt-a-School program, military personnel from MALS-14 will help the school in various capacities. The Marines can volunteer to work concession stands during athletic events or handle crowd or parking at other events. They can be included in campus beautification efforts. And perhaps one of the biggest influences, the Marines can provide help with the NJROTC program and simply provide a presence to represent the values of honor, courage and commitment of the Marine Corps.

"Anytime you see a man in uniform, people listen a little bit more, and that’s always a help," Murphy said.

Lt. Col. Ryan Goulette, commanding officer of MALS-14, noticed the potential for his Marines to volunteer at the school last year during the school’s annual Crystal Coast Band Classic.



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