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Norfolk Public Schools and Naval Station Norfolk artfully kicks-off the Month of the Military Child

Norfolk Public Schools and Naval Station Norfolk artfully kicks-off the Month of the Military Child

Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) in collaboration with the School Liaison Officer (SLO) at Naval Station Norfolk (NAVSTA) and other community partners debuted an exhibit appropriately titled “The Art of Being a Military Child” at ORIGIN, the Governor's School for the Arts Gallery at MacArthur Center, located at 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510. The exhibit coincides with the Month of the Military Child, which is celebrated in April.

The gallery was abuzz with excited and talented student artists, eager to show their work to proud parents, teachers and other attendees. Aniyah Bartholomew and Jenny Moore, both 4th graders at Tarrallton Elementary, participated by reciting a poem and reading a short essay on what being a military child means respectively. Emmy award-winning journalist, Lisa Godley of WHRO, served as the night’s MC. Additionally, the Color Guard from Lake Taylor High School, the Granby High School Choir and the Strolling Strings took part in the affair by providing entertainment. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed refreshments provided in part by California Pizza Kitchen.

Special attendees to the opening included: Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, and Commanding Officer Richard C. McDaniel of Naval Station Norfolk and Mr. Rodney Jordan, School Board Chair. Governor McAuliffe presented Dr. Melinda Boone, Superintendent, with an official proclamation declaring April the Month of the Military Child. If you are interested in seeing the creative and introspective artwork of NPS’ military-connected students, be sure to visit MacArthur Center. The showcase is located at center court next to "Bunnyville" and will remain on display through April 30.

 Congratulations to the winners in the following categories:

 K-2nd Grade Winners
1st Place: Seanissa Martin, 2nd Grade - Sewells Point Elementary
2nd Place: Roman Vasquez, 2nd Grade - Sewells Point Elementary
3rd Place: Anais Watson, 2nd Grade - Willoughby Elementary
Honorable Mention: Trinity Boyd, 2nd - Grade Willoughby Elementary

 3rd-5th Grade Winners
1st Place: Jenny Moore, 4th Grade - Tarrallton Elementary
2nd Place: Maylin Bermudez, 5th Grade - Camp Allen Elementary
3rd Place: Madalynne Hicks, 5th Grade - Bayview Elementary
Honorable Mention: Joanna Sun, 4th Grade - Camp Allen Elementary

 The Art of Being a Military Child




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