Camp Pendleton Marine families receive Thanksgiving gifts from students, parents of Broderick Montessori

Two Marines from the Camp Pendleton-based 2nd Battalion 4th Marines speak to a class at Dana Point Montessori. Courtesy photo
Two Marines from the Camp Pendleton-based 2nd Battalion 4th Marines speak to a class at Broderick Montessori in Dana Point. Courtesy photo

By Andrea Papagianis

This Thanksgiving holiday, school-aged children at Broderick Montessori in Dana Point are practicing the thanks and giving aspects of the day.

Sgt. John Kladitis with the Camp Pendleton-based 2nd Battalion 4th Marines thanks preschooler Kai Cena from Dana Point Montessori for donating food to military families. Courtesy photo
Sgt. John Kladitis with the Camp Pendleton-based 2nd Battalion 4th Marines thanks preschooler Kai Cena from Broderick Montessori for donating food to military families. Courtesy photo

Utilizing cash and non-perishable food donations, seven current and former military wives packed 12 traditional meals for Marine families at Camp Pendleton, with personalized notes from students ages 4 to 9.

The meals, complete with turkeys, pies and sides of every sort, were delivered Tuesday, November 26 leading up to the Thursday holiday.

“We want to teach the children a big lesson in life,” said teacher Paline Harrigton and, “We are doing so by giving something back to our Marines.”

Twelve families from the 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, living on Camp Pendleton, were selected by the unit’s family readiness officer to receive the donations. The Marines chosen recently returned from an eight-month deployment, Harrigton said.

Tuesday, two Marines from the 2-4 were greeted by Montessori students, who sang “You’re a Great Old Flag,” before delivering the meals to their comrades.

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