Silver Strand Elementary School welcomed a very special visitor recently. On Friday, March 14, 2014, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael Stevens and his wife, Theresa, visited with students and staff at Silver Strand Elementary during a weeklong visit to San Diego.
MCPON Stevens is the highest-ranking enlisted sailor in the Navy, and serves as an advisor to the CNO and CNP. His wife, Theresa, holds the position of Ombudsman at Large and serves as an advocate for the Navy Family Ombudsman program.
MCPON began his visit to Silver Strand Elementary by participating in the weekly Friday flagpole ceremony, during which students and staff recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing patriotic songs and the school song. Directly following the songs, Principal Bill Cass selects Voyager Way tickets from each grade level to recognize students who display the Character Counts traits during the week. MCPON Stevens and Theresa assisted Principal Cass in the recognitions and praised students for their hard work.
Following the flagpole ceremony, Stevens and his wife toured the Military Connections Room, which provides opportunities for military kids to connect with a deployed parent via Skype. It also serves as a meeting location for the Military Kids and Deployment clubs, as well as the bi-weekly Military Moms Coffee, which often hosts guest speakers for military spouses and serves as an opportunity to discuss the issues and challenges that face many military families.
MCPON Stevens specifically requested to visit the Connections Room at Silver Strand during his visit, and was especially impressed with all of the resources available to support military families. Military families make up 81% of Silver Strand’s student body, and the visit was an ideal opportunity to showcase the various programs that are available at the school.
During the Connections Room tour, MCPON Stevens got to see support in action and participated in a Skype session between a sailor currently serving in Japan and his family, including a 5th grade daughter at Silver Strand Elementary and an 11th grade daughter, who was also in attendance.
“It was a very emotional and powerful experience for everyone,” said Naval Base Coronado School Liaison Officer Amiee Gillig.
Other San Diego-area schools that feature Military Connections Rooms include Perry and Dewey Elementary Schools.
Additional military support programs offered at Strand include:
Skype photo credit: Facebook
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