Cherry Point Marines adopt elementary school

A group of elementary students will now have some new mentors to hang out with for the school year.

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

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.

W.J. Gurganus Principal Deborah Hurst says, "The kids get very territorial. They want that same Marine every other week. They want them, they see them as a friend and they work with them, tutor them but they also talk to them. They are great role models, great peer buddies and just someone they can have a connection with from the base."

The Marines serve as important role models for the young students and administrators say it's fun for the Marines as well.

On Friday the squadron will adopt Tucker Creek Middle School in a similar partnership and work with students there as well.