Coast Guard lends helping hand to playground on Kodiak Island

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Members of the Coast Guard Aids-to-Navigation Team in Kodiak and Integrated Support Command Kodiak volunteered their time to improve the playground at Peterson Elementary in mid-October.

The school coordinated through Cmdr. Sam Jordan, one of the comptrollers at Integrated Support Command Kodiak, the CG appointed representative to the Kodiak Island school board to facilitate the project.

“The principal of Peterson Elementary School, Beth Coal, asked if there were any units or personnel interested in doing a community out reach project,” said Jordan. “They would help build and install a “jungle gym” for the developmental preschool children. The existing playground was built for larger children”

Chief Boatswain’s Mate James Brumley, officer-in-charge Aids-to-Navigation Team Kodiak, and his crew were really interested in community service wanted to help.

Jordan and eight members of the Aids-to-Navigation Team crew met with Coal on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, and a maintenance worker from the Kodiak Island Borough.

“We got started around 8 a.m.,” said Jordan. “The eight man crew from the Aids-to-Navigation Team definitely did all the work and I was able to assist a little bit, but I was more of a liaison between the Coast Guard and the school. So we hauled out the jungle gym, dug holes and started the installation and we didn’t finish until around 4 p.m.”

The playground was completed on Saturday the only thing the crew couldn’t do was lay the concrete. They officially opened it up to children on Wednesday after the concrete was poured and dried.

“It’s been a real hit so far with the children,” said Jordan. “You know some unit wants to be involved with community service projects but don’t actually go out and do anything. The Aids-to-Navigation Team put their time where their mouth is. That project definitely wouldn’t have gotten done had it not been for the hard work, high energy level, enthusiasm and construction know how from them.”

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