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Kids with deployed parents learn they’re not alone




Earlier this year, a group of Creekside Elementary School students were given boxes to fill with reminders of their parents, deployed throughout the world.

The goal of the boxes is to help the students, whose parents are away from home serving in the military, focus in school. Students can fill the boxes with reminders of conversations they want to have with their parents when they talk to them on the phone or see them on the computer. They also can fill the boxes with items that remind them of their parents — a father’s karate black belt, for instance — and keep them at school to feel closer to their relative.

This was the first year Creekside had enough children whose parents had been deployed to start a support program for the students. Counselor Samantha Vidal wanted to make sure the students realize they aren’t the only ones with parents serving overseas and that they had support.

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