MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Commander, Navy Personnel Command (NPC), Rear Adm. Don Quinn signed an Excellence Partnership Charter with Millington Elementary School during a school assembly, Nov. 12.
“The partnership benefits the students in many ways,” said Rick Lundsford, Millington Elementary School principal. “It gives the Navy the opportunity to educate and enrich the students’ lives through many activities. The Navy also serves as positive role models for the students.”
The charter follows the Navy Community Service Program (NCSP) guidelines, promoting the support of national youth education goals. According to the NCSP instruction OPNAVINST 5350.6C, the excellence partnership charter is designed to develop American youth to their fullest potential in the areas of education and civic responsibility.
“I volunteered for the program because I believe our children’s future is what will sustain us as a country throughout the years,” said Yeoman 1st Class (SW) Colleen Deen, assigned to NPC. “If we can offer a positive environment now and help strengthen their skills now, it promises us a better future tomorrow.”
Sailors who volunteer serve as mentors, tutors and technical experts. Some of the project goals include improving scholastic achievement, social and life skills and providing vocational guidance. Volunteers help in the classroom and with school projects.
NPC Sailors visited the school one Saturday morning and painted a life-size map of the United States of America at the rear entrance of the school.
“When the kids returned to school they were amazed by the map,” said Lunsford. “They wanted to know who was responsible for putting it there. It has become a tremendous teaching aid. Students can stand on the last location where they lived and visually see what states border it.”
Principal Lundsford said he encourages more Navy commands to partner with schools in their communities.
“Some commands may not know the program is out there. Read the instruction and contact your local school administrator and let them know; ‘we can do this for your school, we want to help.’ The schools will jump at the opportunity to get you involved in helping their students,” said Lundsford.
Sailors can find more information on the Excellence Partnership Program in OPNAVINST 5350.6C.