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Pep rally honors military children for their sacrifices

Huntington Middle School has the second highest middle school military population in Houston County. On Friday, the school held a pep rally to honor those children.

It was an emotional day for both Tammy Love, business and computer science teacher at Huntington, and Col. Dawn Lancaster, a vice commander at Robins Air Force Base.

At the pledge at the pole, Love spoke of the sacrifices military personnel make not only in terms of their service, but that their families make as well.

Lancaster, vice commander of the 78th Air Base Wing, told the assembly of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students that, “on average, a military child will go to six to nine schools in their life.”

She got choked up when she thanked the military children for the sacrifices made in order to keep the military up and running.

Some of the students at Huntington said it was hard for them as their parents deployed and they moved from base to base.

Kayleigh Richardson, 14, said she has had to move around many times.

“It is kind of hard, knowing your family all has to move and knowing your dad or mom is fighting for you and making you safe,” the eighth-grader said.

Her classmate, Shaianne Sipsey, also talked about the struggles military children face.

“Your parents deploy every other year. You always got to make new friends,” said Sipsey, who has been to many different schools and has also lived in Japan.

At the end of the pep rally, which included motivational dances and a speech about academic tests this week, the 100 military children were given dog tags provided by the Georgia 4H Operation Military Kid.

More than 2,500 students in the Houston County school system are children of active duty military members. About 7,000 students who are in Houston County have parents who work on the base, according to Renee Daughtry, school liaison officer.

Daughtry handed out the tags, which read, “Team Robins families service 2 thank you 4 your service. Robins AFB, GA.”

“We really appreciate all you do to let your parents keep the rest of us safe,” Daughtry told the military children.