Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island receives Partnership in Education award

KEY WEST, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island was recognized Thursday for their dedication and support of the Poinciana Elementary School through the Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education program.

The crew of the Knight Island selflessly volunteered nearly 960 hours at Poinciana Elementary School during the Coast Guard’s fiscal year 2009, which ran from Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 31, 2009. Twice a week while the crew was in port the crew would meet with 4th and 5th grade classes to mentor the students, help with special projects, provide encouragement and guidance, and assist the teaching staff.

“Poinciana Elementary and its staff provide a warm and welcoming environment for us,” said Lt. Matthew Moyer, commanding officer of the Knight Island. “Coupled with the sheer enthusiasm of the students, it motivates our crew to be even further committed to strengthening this important partnership.”

The crew of the Knight Island focused on group studies, collaborative classroom work, and emphasizing the importance of team work and its amplifying effect throughout the learning environment. The crew also encouraged and stressed the importance of learning in a substance-free environment by emphasizing the “say no to drugs” motto through their active participation in sports days and physical activities.

“The students look up to Coast Guard members differently than they would look up to a teacher,” said Amber Bosco, principal of Poinciana Elementary School. “As a result, class participation and overall test scores flourished, and the children increasingly became much more open-minded and excited about education. They are not only mentors to our students, but to our teachers as well. I can’t thank the crew enough for everything they do for the students and the teachers here every day, as well as keeping our waterways safe.”

The Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education program is aimed at helping local schools and community groups, particularly in underserved communities, promote academic excellence, and raise awareness for the Coast Guard’s missions and people.

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