St. Mary’s Catholic School visits Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley

 

Cmdr. Stephen White, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, talks to St. Mary's Catholic School students during a field trip they took to the cutter in Kodiak, Alaska, May 16, 2013.

Cmdr. Stephen White, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, talks to St. Mary’s Catholic School students during a field trip they took to the cutter in Kodiak, Alaska, May 16, 2013. Many Alex Haley crewmembers spend their spare time engaged in events that strengthen ties with the Kodiak community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

Keeping a strong relationship with the local community of Kodiak is one of the Alex Haley crew’s most important goals. The crew maintains a busy schedule out at sea as well as in port with inspections, maintenance, and training. However, despite the busy work schedule, the crew manages to find ways to reach out and be involved with the local community.

Seaman Michael Therrien, a member of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley deck department, gives St. Mary's Catholic School students a tour of the cutter's bridge in Kodiak, Alaska, May 16, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

Seaman Michael Therrien, a member of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley deck department, gives St. Mary’s Catholic School students a tour of the cutter’s bridge in Kodiak, Alaska, May 16, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

On May 16, the Alex Haley played host to a large group of curious students from St. Mary’s Catholic School. The field trip focused on learning how the Coast Guard operates as well as living aboard a ship at sea. The Alex Haley’s crew was more than happy to show the students the many facets of shipboard work and life. It really gave the crew a sense of gratification to see the young students so excited about the Alex Haley. This tour would not have been possible without the hard work of the crew members who, in their spare time, regularly volunteer at St. Mary’s Catholic School. More than 160 hours have been dedicated to the tutoring of the students.

“The children really lit up when the tutors arrived,” says Principal Brain Cleary, “They brought their youth and enthusiasm to the hallowed halls of St. Mary’s School.”

The crew of Alex Haley looks forward to continuing their relationship with local Alaskan schools.

 

 

 

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