Great Kids honored a distinguished guest this week, a Marine Corps veteran, Sergeant Harvey Newton. Students sat spellbound while listening to Mr. Newton share fascinating stories. At the age of 10, Mr. Newton was inspired as he read Battle Cry, and began setting goals to become a Marine. During his junior year at Seabreeze High, he enlisted in the Marines. In 1966 at the age of 18, he began his infantry training and was deployed to Vietnam. Mr. Newton recalled adventurous Vietnamese children and the primitive life of the villagers. Our most memorable moment occurred when Mr. Newton shared his camouflage combat uniform and his service uniform decorated with a special Vietnam shoulder cord and medals, including a Purple Heart. Thank you for your bravery in serving our country. You are the perfect veteran to teach us about goals, self-discipline, teamwork, and the importance of a growth mindset.
Sunday was the perfect day to celebrate our Pirate Fest with Great Kids & families, Krewe of the 13 Pirates, and our supportive community! Our scavenger hunt participants learned all about the infamous Captain Kidd and Blackbeard during their journey through the mini golf course. Guests were entertained by the Krewe of the 13 (the most popular present-day “pirates”) and “Mr. Brad” Yates provided the best music throughout the day. Our dedicated volunteers helped with face painting, scavenger hunts, and serving pizza. We are especially grateful to Pam Fitzgerald, Sarah & Isabel Pappa, Kayla Schoen, Joan Brockway, Amelia & Jacob Bonjour, Brittney Boyce & Michael & Bob Morelli, Christine Oltean, Ruth Cuenca and Pirate’s Cove staff for making this day such a fun & memorable event for our children. Special thanks to our awesome sponsors~ Daytona International Speedway, Walmart, Angell & Phelps, FPL, Bruno's Pizza, McDonald's, Hot House Yoga, Mitchell Noel Insurance, Daytona Racing & Card Club, Microflex, Learning Outsource Group, Glenn Yarborough, Bill's Custom Cabinets, Dr. Elizabeth Morejon and Ryan Ochipa State Farm Insurance for your continued support.
Great Kids welcomed our favorite dentist, Dr. Sondra Avant this week. We learned some tips to take good care of our teeth and the best method for brushing our teeth with a wiggle jiggle 1, 2, 3. Dr. Avant’s favorite part of her job is helping people feel better and making them healthy. Thank you, Dr. Avant for sharing your exciting career with us and for bringing us those wonderful goodie bags to keep our smiles healthy and beautiful.
Our aspiring marine biologists enjoyed an up-close encounter with the friendly dolphins of Marineland. Our dolphin friends consumed several buckets of fish during their morning meal (with help from our students). We also explored a variety of sea life and habitats including reef fish from the Gulf Stream, a giant hermit crab, a green moral eel, freshwater turtles, red lionfish, sea turtles and our favorite, sand tiger sharks. We all agreed that our guide, Mr. Darrell has a very cool job teaching kids about marine life. We had the best day at Marineland!