One student in Kay Schrage’s kindergarten class at Stony Creek Elementary received the surprise of a lifetime this Veterans Day.
For nearly nine months, Cameron Singleton, 5, had been away from his mom, Mariah Singleton, who is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
On Nov. 12, during a Veterans Day program in Stony Creek’s library, school staff arranged for Cameron to see his mom, who has been stationed in Hawaii, again. Unbeknownst to him, she would be standing directly behind him after he turned around from watching a short clip about Veterans Day.
When he turned, Mariah quickly picked up Cameron, who appropriately donned a T-shirt with the saying, “My mom wears combat boots.”
The Singleton family is familiar with moving around and going through long stints of being apart. Mariah’s husband, Jai, also is in the Marines and is stationed at Fort Meade in Maryland.
Frequent FaceTime video calls kept the family linked during their time apart.
“They’re my life, but it’s part of the job, it’s part of the sacrifice you have to make,” Mariah said. “I do love having a job and working and being (in the) Marines … If anything it’s a good reminder that as a woman you can do both. You can have a family, have a career, be a good mom, and I can still be a good Marine.”
Cameron and his younger brother, Quincy, 2, have been staying with their grandparents who live in Noblesville. Cameron was a new student to Noblesville Schools this August.
Mariah said the family of four will be reunited later this week when they move to Fort Meade.