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

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

From that point, Goulette, who has a daughter attending Havelock High, worked with Murphy and Donna Bagley, school liaison officer at Cherry Point, to formalize an agreement, which was signed during a ceremony last week.

"We as a unit are very busy, but we have a lot of Marines that, while not deployed, want to contribute to the community," Goulette said. "The Adopt-a-School program is a positive way for us to apply our time and our talents and maybe some of our brain power in the case of the Junior ROTC, to give back to our community."

Goulette said though many of the Marines in MALS 14 come from distant places, they have children who go to Havelock High and are willing to help.

"We do have many people whose kids come to this school, so they’re giving to the school already," Goulette said. "Why not formalize this and build upon that? It’s us giving back to the community, but it’s also the community giving back to us."

Goulette said volunteer hours are important to Marines, and that the opportunity to help at the high school may help some decide to pursue a teaching career when their days in the Marine Corps are over.

"In my mind, this is positive all the way around," Goulette said. "It benefits all the individuals at the high school and at MALS-14."

One of the first opportunities for MALS-14 to have an impact will be at the Crystal Coast Band Classic on Nov. 3. Band Director Jorge Benitez usually needs dozens of volunteers to help with everything from traffic to concessions.



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