Houston schools honor military children

awoolen@macon.comApril 24, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Members of the military are not the only ones who are honored in Houston County schools.

The children of those who serve in the armed forces also were recognized for their sacrifices as the Houston County Board of Education proclaimed April as Month of the Military Child.

At Linwood Elementary School, 276 children were recognized in a ceremony Friday where they were given dog tags and a packet of flower seeds.

The dog tags read “Team Robins, families serve, thank you 4 your service. Robins AFB, GA.”

“The kids have to sacrifice as much as the parents,” Linwood Elementary Principal Lazunia Frierson said.

With deployments of their parents and having to move, military children require special consideration as many of them have moved several times in their young lives.

Eight-year-old Devlin Dunnigan, a second-grader, said he has moved three times, once from Oklahoma.

Both of his parents are in the military.

“This is to represent everything our families do for us,” Devlin said.

Senior Airman Ezra Wylie has been deployed once and has gone on temporary duty travel at least five to six times during his 11 years in the Air Force.

His three children, Jakobe, 7, Elias, 6, and Lyric, 4, who attend Linwood Elementary, got a surprise when they saw their father at the ceremony, where he gave high-fives and handed out dog tags.

“That my city shows appreciation, it means a lot,” Wylie said.

In Houston County, 27 percent of students are affiliated with the military.

“While they are taking care of our country, we are taking care of their children,” Frierson said.

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