Coast Guard, Air Force unite for Great American Teach-In at Pinellas County schools

Service members stationed at and around Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg and MacDill Air Force Base pose for a group photo Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, Largo, Florida, after taking part in the third annual Great American Teach-In – Tour Across Pinellas. The Great American Teach-In is part of Pinellas County Schools’ annual education week celebration and it was created to introduce students to career options they might never have considered. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse

Service members stationed at and around Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg and MacDill Air Force Base pose for a group photo Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, Largo, Florida. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse

LARGO, Fla. – Service members stationed at and around Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg and MacDill Air Force Base spoke at numerous Pinellas County schools Wednesday as part of the third annual Great American Teach-In – Tour Across Pinellas.

The Great American Teach-In is part of Pinellas County Schools’ annual education week celebration, and it was created to introduce students to career options they might never considered. Pinellas County invited service members to their schools to share stories and stress the importance of education with the students.

“I like doing this event: it’s great to have the opportunity to share with the students what the Coast Guard is all about,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Scott Crawford who is stationed at Sector St. Petersburg. “This is my third year participating, and I will be back next year.”

The event took place throughout the day as service members traveled to 140 classrooms in 14 different schools, reaching out to more than 5,000 students in Pinellas County.

“I love it when the military visits with us,” said Devon, a seventh-grader at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle. “It’s neat to hear about their life before they joined and the cool things they get to do now.”

The service members were given the opportunity to share with the students about their career, experiences and community involvement and answered questions from the students about life as a military member.

“The Great American Teach-In is a great opportunity to share my experience with children and young adults from Pinellas County schools,” said Senior Airman Brad Tipton, broadcast journeyman at the 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs. “We had a great time working with the Coast Guard. The kids were really engaged and interested to learn about our military customs and experience. We’re thrilled to live and work in the Tampa Bay area and appreciate the ability to interact with and impact these local children.”

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