When 4 year old Wyatt Clarke has breakfast with his sister Aubrey before he goes to preschool at A Child’s World each morning, their dad is eating dinner halfway around the world. That’s because Wyatt’s dad is one of 28 members of the North Dakota Air National Guard 119th Security Forces Squadron currently deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Wyatt’s teachers at A Child’s World, a nationally accredited public early learning center and program of the YWCA Cass Clay, use an integrated curriculum to help the students learn about things that relate to them. The preschool class has been learning about the 119th deployment, the military, how our troops protect us and keep us safe, and why our troops are important. The class made American Flags as part of their art projects earlier this spring. Wyatt’s flag that he made at A Child’s World was sent as part of a family care package to his dad, Master Sergeant Josh Clarke in Afghanistan.
MSgt Clarke proudly has Wyatt’s flag hanging at his desk in Bagram. MSgt Clarke’s office is located next to a conference room where a re-enlistment ceremony was recently taking place. Everyone who enlists or re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States takes part in the ceremony that includes the reading of the enlistment oath. The oath is traditionally performed in front of the American Flag. Another soldier noticed the flag hanging at MSgt Clarke’s desk and they used the flag made by Wyatt in the re-enlistment ceremony.
Wyatt was proud to have his flag be part of such an important ceremony. But he was even more excited for what happened in the preschool classroom at A Child’s World this morning: Wyatt’s dad (MSgt Clarke) skyped with the preschool class from Bagram Airfield to tell the children the story of Wyatt’s flag and thank the class for being supportive to his family and the families of the other members of the 119th.
For more on the preschool class and MSgt Clarke’s skype session this morning, watch WDAY TV NEWS tonight at 5 pm and 6 pm.