Coast Guard Cutter Hickory provides elementary school tour in Homer, Alaska

Chief Petty Officer Brad Venendaal, a boatswain’s mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, leads Paul Banks Elementary School first-grade students on a tour of the cutter’s buoy yard May 3, 2013, in Homer, Alaska. During the tour, students learned about boating and water safety and Hickory crew’s missions. Courtesy photo by Coast Guard Cutter Hickory.

Chief Petty Officer Brad Venendaal, a boatswain’s mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, leads Paul Banks Elementary School first-grade students on a tour of the cutter’s buoy yard May 3, 2013, in Homer, Alaska. During the tour, students learned about boating and water safety and Hickory crew’s missions. Courtesy photo by Coast Guard Cutter Hickory.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory hosted elementary school students for a tour aboard the ship in Homer, Alaska, May 3, 2013.

During the tour, the two Paul Banks Elementary School first-grade classes and their teachers, Wendy Todd and Dina Marion, participated in shipboard activities such as throwing heaving lines, acting as a lookout on the bridge and eating on the mess deck. These activities familiarized the students with Coast Guard missions conducted by the ship’s crew.

The crew also discussed boating safety with the students, and highlighted the Kid’s Don’t Float program. They provided information about the importance of wearing life jackets when on the water and gave them the opportunity to properly don life jackets.

The Hickory, “The Bull of the North”, is a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported in Homer.

For more information contact Ensign Ty Bateman at 907-235-5233.

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