Recently, students in Mrs. Alison Montalto’s fifth-grade class at Tangier Smith Elementary School participated in a “parent tribute” assignment in which they wrote about a parent or guardian that is important to them. Thomas Normoyle chose to write a tribute about his dad, United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Harold Normoyle, who is currently undergoing recruiter training in Texas. Since Sgt. Normoyle was unable to attend, Mrs. Montalto arranged for a Skype session with her class. With his teacher, classmates and mother looking on, a very proud Thomas read the tribute aloud to his dad.
Thomas’s essay read in part: “My dad has many great qualities. He is very helpful because he helps fix things my family breaks. He also is very responsible because he travels a lot and always makes time for his family. He is hardworking because nothing gets in his way and he works hard for everything he has. He tells me to do certain things for a good life. He shows me how to fix things. My dad is very strong and inspires me to work out. I want to be as strong as him some day. My dad could be thousands of miles away but he always finds the time to Skype out of his busy day. So in conclusion my dad deserves praise because he is smart, strong and helpful. I love my dad very much. Thank you for listening about my dad.”