USS Essex Joins Local School for Science Fair
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan J. Lang
SAN DIEGO - Sailors from amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) teamed up with Sunset Elementary School faculty to put on a science fair for the students May 23. The projects presented ranged in difficulty from kindergarten up to a fifth grade level. The fair was designed to promote education and help the students and parents connect.
Before the projects were presented, the Sailors answered questions from the students and parents about the Navy.
“I absolutely love going to these volunteer events,” said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class Kimberly Bell. “The students always have such a great imagination and yearning to learn more about what we do to protect them from the ‘bad guys’. They always make it fun and exciting for me.”
Some parents noticed how much their children connected with the Essex Sailors.
“My son has been telling me about this science fair for the past month,” said Stacy Gonzales, a mother of one of the students at the school. “He absolutely loves it when the Sailors come for the volunteer events to teach them. He pays more attention to them than he does me.”
Not only did the students and parents learn, the Sailors were also taught a few things.
“Every time I go to one of these, the kids always surprise me,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Travis Hunter. “They know so much that most of the time I am being lectured by them. I almost didn’t even need to teach them about my presentation.”
Essex has been partnered with Sunset Elementary since November 2012 and has participated in fitness events, math tutoring, awards and recognition ceremonies and more.
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