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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 12:35 pm

In recognition of Month of the Military Child, parents visited Fort Rucker Primary School April 22-26, during guidance class, to share with the students their experiences from when they were in school.

"This was one of the activities during the month the parents could share with the children,” Rene’ Hammond, FRPS guidance counselor, said.  

During the visit, Hammond asked parents what they feel is the big difference from schools today than from when they were growing up. 

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose Gomez said when he was in school, there were no computers. He had to do all of his assignments with a pencil and paper.

"You guys are advance," Gomez said. "You guys are learning so much now, that we learned maybe two-three years later so take advantage of what you learn right now and remember everything."

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dustin Rogers said the technology was different when he was a kid. He told the kids they were very fortunate to have all of the technology they have today like Apple computers, SMART boards and Elmo visual presenters.  

Hammond said the main objective of the parent visit is to let the children know they are special, important and extremely fortunate. 

"The child will know they are special because their parents came to show their support (for) the military child," she said.

Military children have a lot to deal with from moving around, changing schools, making new friends and deployments. 

To support the sacrifices military children make, Hammond asked the parents to share with the class how it feels to move to a new post and how they help their child adjust to the new changes.

"It's hard because you live some place for five years, you meet some really good friends, and then you have to leave your friends," Rogers said. "But you may see them again down the road. One thing about the military is (you) always come back to the same place." 

Rogers said the biggest thing he tries to do to help his daughter, Madison, cope is to spend as much time with her as he can. 

Both parents tried to explain to the class although moving around is tough, it does have it's advantages.

"You get to go to different countries," Gomez said. "Giovanni, (my son,) went to Korea and he learned Korean. You make friends everywhere."

Rogers told the children moving to another country can be an awesome experience.

"Those of you who get to go overseas — that is a cool experience that a lot of kids never get to do," he said. "Say you go to Germany. There's lots of history there, lots of castles and different things to go see."

Hammond said this lesson will help the children understand their parents are aware of what they are feeling, and that they are truly important. 

"It is important the children realize their parents understand how they, the children, feel when they have to move to a new school," Hammond said. "The children will also understand their parents do many things to assist with their new adjustments."

Hammond thanked the parents for their visit and gave them each a goody bag. 

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