Coast Guard joins Park View Elementary to promote physical activity for “Field Day”

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Volunteer Coast Guardsmen helped motivate youngsters at Park View Elementary School Friday to get physical and have fun as they close out the school year.

Lt. Mark T. Bender, local coordinator for the Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education, led volunteers from the 5th Coast Guard District and Atlantic Area commands.

Through PIE, volunteers team up with local school systems, community organizations and businesses in an effort to enhance educational opportunities and instill a sense of core values into children across the country. Since 1991, PIE has seen more than 14,000 active duty members, reservists; civilians and auxiliary members give more than 200,000 hours of their own time, primarily in communities with large underserved populations, serving as mentors, tutors and life coaches.

Coast Guard joins Park View Elementary promote physical activity for “Field Day”

Coast Guard Lt. Mark T. Bender plays offense against Park View Elementary 1st grader Ahmari Banks during the school’s annual “Field Day” June 7, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster

Coast Guard joins Park View Elementary promote physical activity for “Field Day”

Coast Guard Lt. Mark T. Bender and volunteers get their “play date” in with youngsters at Park View Elementary during the school’s annual “Field Day” June 7, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster

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