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Marines mentor children in Quantico Adopt-a-School program

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Cpl. Seth Jacob reads to a group of kindergarten students. Photo By: Lance Cpl. Aaron Diamant

Marine volunteers visited Triangle Elementary School recently as part of the Adopt-A-School program at Base Quantico. The elementary school is just one of the schools that benefit from the program, which sends Marines to public schools to assist teachers and students and ultimately have a positive impact on the lives of students.

Sixteen Marines visited Triangle Elementary School in Prince William County outside the main gate of Quantico. Once the Marines arrived at the school, they greeted students and helped them with their morning routine. During the day, Marines participated in activities in all grade levels at the school. For example, Marines demonstrated how to do a proper push up as part of wellness stations set up in P.E.,helped Head Start students open their milk for breakfast, read to kindergartners, and presented good behavior certificates to 3rd graders.

Adopt-A-School programs offer a great opportunity to build awareness and support for community involvement in education by mentoring school-age children. Mentoring programs motivate children to set positive life goals and reduce their involvement in negative behaviors such as crime, drugs, and violence, Adopt-A School is part of the commitment to Partners in Education.

”This is really a great program and we are excited that MCBQ has chosen our school,” said Kim Gardziel, principal of Triangle Elementary School. ”It’s really beneficial for these children to have positive role models in their lives, and who better to be good role models than Marines.”

MCB Quantico has adopted five local schools this year. Triangle Elementary School in Prince William County; Widewater Elementary and Shirley Heim Middle Schools in Stafford County; Lafayette Upper Elementary in Fredericksburg; and Thornburg Elementary in Spotsylvania County.

To volunteer for the Adopt-A-School program, active duty Marines should create a Volgistics account by clicking here.

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