Soldier surprised with hero send-off at North Huntingdon KinderCare

Jamie’s Dad, Sgt. Porter, was surprised with a special send-off at his son’s KinderCare center before he deployed to Iraq.

Any teacher knows that goodbyes are difficult – they see tearful drop-offs each morning. But some goodbyes are much more difficult than others, like two-year-old Jamie Porter saying goodbye (for now) to his dad who deployed to Iraq last week.

Center Director Sherrie Klos knew the right thing to do was to throw a proper send-off party for Jamie’s dad, Staff Sgt. Thomas Porter.

“A few months ago, he came in and let us know that he was being deployed,” said Sherrie. “We knew that we had to do something to support him and his family.”

The North Huntingdon, Pa., KinderCare staff all came together, with Jamie’s help, to create a scrapbook for Sgt. Porter to remind him of everything he has waiting for him when he returns.

“I told him that he didn’t have to worry about Jamie – we love him at KinderCare,” said Sherrie. “And that if he’s feeling down or missing his little guy, he can see what Jamie’s been up to at KinderCare.”

Sgt. Porter was expecting to visit his son and eat lunch with him. Instead, he was surprised to see all the center children wearing red, white, and blue, and the center decorated in his honor.

“I’m very proud of him,” said Bethany Porter, Jamie’s mom. “We’re going to miss him a lot, but I’m very proud that he’s doing a service for the country.”

Sherrie is proud to do the right thing by parents in her center, and show them that at North Huntingdon KinderCare, community matters.

“I think parents are really touched by events like this,” she said. “They feel supported, and it shows them that we’re here for them. We’re a family, too.”

Read more about North Huntingdon KinderCare’s hero send-off celebration here.

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