Coast Guard Training Center Cape May to be recognized by Cape May Elementary

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May News
CAPE MAY, N.J. – A local elementary school will be honoring the Coast Guard by dedicating a newly-constructed playground to the service Thursday at 10 a.m.

The staff at Cape May Elementary is dedicating the playground to the Coast Guard for their numerous hours of volunteer service at the school including their help in assembling the playground in August.

“We are pleased with our mutually beneficial relationship with the Coast Guard and their efforts to help educate, support and lead our students,” said Mrs. Victoria Zelenak, the superintendent of Cape May Elementary. “Our school is home to many children of Coast Guard service members, so it makes their impact on our students even greater.”

In addition to helping assemble the new playground, the Coast Guard also volunteers numerous hours at the school as part of the Partnership in Education program, which allows Coast Guardsmen to tutor and mentor children of all ages. Coast Guardsmen meet at the school regularly to help children with their homework and act as positive role models for the children.

The staff of Training Center Cape May adopted Cape May Elementary in April 2011 formalizing the support of the school’s staff and students. As part of this adoption, Coast Guardsmen participate in or sponsor numerous educational, physical fitness or recreational events for the elementary students.

“This is an excellent example of our commitment to the community and its most important citizens – our children,” said Capt. Bill Kelly, commanding officer of Training Center Cape May. “As a service, we are actively involved in numerous schools in South Jersey, and at Cape May, we are proud of our efforts to mentor and educate our children.”

Over the past two years, Coast Guardsmen stationed at Training Center Cape May have volunteered approximately 3,000 hours at more than 30 schools in five different states and hosted students from across the country for Navy Junior ROTC and Naval Sea Cadet programs as part of its Partnership in Education program.

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