Marine Corps Squadron and W.J. Gurganus Elementary School Partner for Fourth Year

Craven County SchoolsAs part of the Marine Corps Adopt-A-School Program, a group of elementary students will have mentors to link up with for the remainder of the school year.

For the fourth year, a squadron of Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron 2 at Cherry Point have adopted W.J. Gurganus Elementary School in Havelock.

The goal of Marine Corps initiated program is to develop a mutually beneficial relationship between the Marine Corps and area schools. The program fosters a better understanding of the community’s school system increasing mutual insight, expanding students’ learning activities, providing students with positive role models and assisting teachers by providing additional resources, alternatives and supplements to classroom learning experiences.

For W.J. Gurganus Elementary School, that means Marines will be at the school at least twice a month and spend time with students there. They will help them with homework, work on reading skills, and play some kickball. Administrators with the school say this is an important partnership since so many of their students have parents who are in the Marine Corps. The Marines serve as important role models for the young students and administrators share that it is fun for the Marines as well.

The official signing for the adoption will take place on Monday, October 22nd, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. at W.J. Gurganus Elementary School.

Submitted by: Jennifer Wagner, Director of Public Relations, Craven County Schools