Local elementary school attempts to break world record

15 Nov 2013 | Lance Cpl. Justin A. Rodriguez

The chants of more than 1,300 students and family members, all wearing yellow shirts echoed on the fields of Carolina Forest International Elementary School, in Jacksonville, N.C., Nov. 15.
While a teacher stood more than 20 feet in the air on a cherry picker, families chanted “U.S.A” with hopes of breaking the Guinness Book of world record for the largest yellow ribbon to honor Month of the Military Family.
Marines with 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, plotted the 200 foot-long ribbon.
“This is our third attempt at breaking the record,” said Helen Gross, Carolina Forest International Elementary School principal. “Even if we don’t break the record, it’s important to show the community we appreciate everything the military does.”
Students, staff, family and community members were invited to participate in the event and show support.
Each year, the president signs a proclamation declaring November Month of the Military Family. The celebrations organized throughout the month signify the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the country’s service members.
“Seeing all of my students out here participating is super exciting,” said Tracey Teller, 1st grade teacher with the school. “Hearing them chant U.S.A., should prove to everyone they know why they’re here, and they love this country and our military.”
“I’ve enjoyed helping coordinate this event,” said Gross. “Seeing the community gather to support Month of the Military Family makes everything we’ve done a success.”
Marines stationed aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River attended the event and brought their families to show support.
“It’s very important for Marines to show support for the community,” said Staff Sgt. Jason A. Coram, Operational Stress Control and Readiness trainer and staff- noncommissioned officer in charge of the supply section with Headquarters and Support Battalion. “Through our support, we make or break the community. I feel if more Marines and sailors got involved in the community and brought their own personal ideas on improving it, it would be much better and there would be much more participants in events like this.”
Unfortunately, the school members and community were unsuccessful at breaking the world record for the third time. The school members and community will try again next year.

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