Long before military deployments were the norm for families, during an operation called Desert Shield, Operation Desert Friends was taking Navarre’s deployed families by storm.
In 1990, prior to the beginning of the Gulf War, Robert Trigg, a second-grade teacher at then Holley-Navarre Elementary, started what became a widely recognized program to promote communication and literacy for his “Trigglets,” the group name given to his students.
Trigg had a good friend from high school serving in Operation Desert Storm who asked Trigg to please send him something from home. “We are bored to tears over here,” his friend said. At the same time, Trigg was thinking about the five or six children whose parent was deployed as the mothers were expressing that the children were concerned about their dads. Trigg was looking for a way to meet the literacy needs of the kids, show them all the different ways to communicate and stay connected with their parent so far away.
The students went to work, producing a book titled “How to Spend Your Free Time in the Desert.”