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    MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune Deputy Commander recognizes Tarawa Terrace Elementary School as a leader in the COVID-19 fight

    MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune Deputy Commander visits Tarawa Terrace Elementary School

    Photo By Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez | U.S. Marine Corps Col. Todd W. Ferry, the deputy commander of Marine Corps...... read more read more



    Story by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez 

    Marine Corps Installations East       

    Across the U.S. and in the state of North Carolina, there has been a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases since September 2020. With the changing of the seasons and the approaching holidays, Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune leaders wanted to take time out to recognize those who’ve made great strides in mitigating and controlling the spread of the virus.

    Since the pandemic began, the staff of Tarawa Terrace Elementary School on MCB Camp Lejeune has demonstrated their persistent dedication toward self-discipline, creating a safe environment which has resulted in with zero COVID-19 cases. Col. Todd W. Ferry, the deputy commander of MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune, visited the school on Nov. 18, to recognize school administration for their increased efforts.

    “Right now, schools are mission essential; you do not realize how important and impactful they are,” said Ferry. “They affect every Marine in some form or fashion.”

    According to Julie Fulton, the school liaison officer for MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune, all the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and Onslow county schools have had great progress with COVID-19 mitigation. All the cases that have been reported thus far came from outside in the community instead of through in-school transmission. The schools are working together to implement their own plans and determine their effectiveness.

    “We take a lot of proactive and preventative steps to ensure the health and safety of our students,” said Leigh A. Faulkner, the principal of Tarawa Terrace Elementary School. “With our tremendous custodial staff, they spend all day cleaning everything that comes into contact, as well as providing time to make sure we are safe tracking the movement of our staff and any visitors that we have.”

    According to Faulkner, with over 450 students and 100 staff, it has not been extremely popular to limit the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) participation or the playground usage. However, parents are welcome to make appointments and physical education equipment is reused among students. Both are to ensure safety and that everything is mitigated quickly.

    “Tarawa Terrace Elementary School is one of many schools that take care of our kids on this base,” Ferry said. “It has allowed our Marines to go to work every day to do their mission essential and critical jobs, offering them a resource with procedures to succeed during this pandemic.”



    Date Taken: 11.18.2020
    Date Posted: 11.20.2020 15:39
    Story ID: 383472

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