Virginia Beach is home to tens of thousands of men and women serving in our armed forces and many of those have students in our schools. As a result, nearly one-third of our students are military-connected and they face unique challenges such as transitions from one area to another or experiencing day to day life as a parent deploys, sometimes into harm’s way.
Kaitlin Duriga understands this all too well. The Princess Anne Middle School seventh-grader is the daughter of a Navy Rescue Diver who has been deployed several times. Following the tragic death of friend’s father overseas, Kaitlin discovered a recognition program and decided to implement it at her school. The project has gone schoolwide and now, on Fridays, red becomes the honorary school color.