News: VP-8 sailors volunteer at a Bahrain elementary school
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Clay Whaley
BAHRAIN – Sailors assigned to the “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8, participated in a community relations project at the RIA-Institute in Bahrain.
During the COMREL, sailors read books, played games and colored pictures with the children, putting smiles on all the children’s faces.
“There’s nothing better than dedicating your time to another person, and the children absolutely love it when service members visit,” said student director Christine Gordon. “We really hope to continue this partnership because service members bring pride, professionalism, and know how to behave around the children, plus the children always enjoy the visits,” she added.
With the mission statement of “Education for All,” the RIA-Institute caters to the needs of mainstream learners, as well as students with physical and intellectual disabilities that require special educational programs.
“This is the most fun I’ve had on a COMREL in quite a while” said Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 3rd Class Adetolani Adeosun. “I definitely plan to volunteer here again because I had a great time and all of the children seemed to have had a great time as well,” he added.
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