Coast Guard, Miami Edison Sr. High Partnership to be Recognized

MIAMI – Coast Guard Sector Miami and Miami’s Edison Senior High will receive the Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education (PIE) Award for 2007 from Terri Dickerson, Director of Civil Rights for the Coast Guard, during an open to the public ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Integrated Support Command on Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, 100 MacArthur Blvd., Miami Beach, Fla.

In the fall of 2004, Sector Miami embarked upon a community service effort partnering with the “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program”, GEAR UP. This year 26 Coast Guard members dedicated more than 875 hours to comprehensive mentoring, counseling, career development programs and team building excercises to 26 members for Miami Edison’s junior class in the GEAR UP EDISON program.

During the 2006-2007 school year, Coast Guard mentors assisted in the student’s record achievements that included gains in math and reading scores, increased interest in college education, and a significant improvement int he students’ participation in advanced placement courses.

“The Coast Guard’s GEAR UP program partnership with Miami Edison Senior High School is a true ‘win-win’ situation where local Coast Guardsmen, as emissaries of the greater South Florida military community, have the chance to positively influence the lives of the participating Edison students through activities such as academic tutoring and mentorship,” said Capt. Karl Schultz, commander Sector Miami. “The involvment of Coast Guardsmen and Miami Edison students alike find the program richly rewarding and of mutual benefit.”

The Coast Guard, in support of the National and Community Service Act of 1990, designed the PIE program to provide career awareness to and enhance educational opportunities for the nation’s youth. Throughout the Coast Guard, a comprehensive program has been established that places personnel in direct contact with students at the elementary and secondary levels. Coast Guard personnel volunteer their time and resources by helping students develop to their full potential. The participants make a positive impact on students’ lives through their involvement in tutoring, classroom presentations, sponsoring field trips, mentoring, and enhancing schools’ physical environments.

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