Coast Guard Cutter Block Island crew adopts fifth grade class

Coast Guard Cutter Block Island

USCG File Photo

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island, homeported in Atlantic Beach, formally adopted a fifth grade class from Morehead City Elementary School, Thursday as part of the Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education Program.

The Partnership in Education program was set up under the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and strives to enhance educational opportunities and career awareness for the nation’s youth through direct participation in education related programs.

As part of the Partnership in Education program the crew of the Cutter Block Island will volunteer at the  school several times per month while working with the class they have adopted. The goal of the program is for Coast Guard members to mentor and tutor students in their classroom studies while serving as role models of the Coast Guard core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.

“It is easy for us to get caught up with everything we have going on at work every day, but local community involvement is an important part of being in the Coast Guard,” said Lt. Grant Thomas, commanding officer of the Block Island.  “The Partnership in Education program is a particularly good community involvement program because it allows Coast Guard men and women to serve as mentors to students who might be interested in becoming part of the Coast Guard when they get older. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island and I look forward to working with the fifth grade class at Morehead Elementary School that we have adopted.”

The Cutter Block Island is a 110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat with a sixteen person crew and is responsible for conducting law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security and marine environmental protection off the Coast of North Carolina and throughout the Coast Guard 5th District, which spans from North Carolina up to New Jersey.

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