HAVELOCK, NC (WITN) - Havelock High School students and staff came together on Tuesday with a group of Cherry Point Marines to celebrate a long-time relationship.
As the two sides put pen to paper at an Adopt-a-School ceremony, they officially marked the beginning of a mutually beneficial partnership.
“It takes a village to raise all these young men and women in our community, and we are very happy to be a part of that," said Christopher McDonald II, the Commanding Officer for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-14.
In addition to helping out in the classroom and at special events, McDonald said the Marines will also spend time with students and provide mentorship opportunities.
“It’s a very important opportunity to just to be able to sit down with the kids and lead by example,” McDonald explained.
One student for which that example has already been set is McDonald’s son Braeden, a member of the school’s Junior ROTC program.
“He basically taught me about why he serves, to defend the Constitution, to serve his country, and put his family first,” said Braeden McDonald.
“Having my son introduce me was a great moment I’m not going to lie," his father added.
While the two sides have had a long-standing relationship, Tuesday’s ceremony was also a formal step to emphasize the school’s support for those that serve.
“It expresses and emphasizes the value that we place on that. It is not just something that we do," added school principal Stacie Friebel.
And whether it’s his son or one of the many students at Havelock High, McDonald has an important message:
“It’s a privilege that we have to live up to each day. It’s about serving the greater good, about serving the institution.”
School leaders said the Marines will help proctor exams, volunteer at the concession stands during sporting events, and even assist with the booster club, among other activities.