St. Mary’s Catholic School visits Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley
Posted by PA2 Grant DeVuyst, Friday, May 16, 2014
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.
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.