MSU Chicago solidifies Partnership in Education Program with local elementary school

Guest post by Marine Safety Unit Chicago

CHICAGO — Surrounded by Goodwin Elementary School students, Cmdr. Robert Bailey, commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago, signs a memorandum of agreement at the school, in Cicero, Ill., with the assistant principal, Dec. 19, 2011. The MOA will allow the unit to provide improved educational opportunities to the students, as part of the Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Marine Safety Unit Chicago

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago participated in a ceremony Monday to commemorate a memorandum of agreement with Goodwin Elementary School, established in an effort to provide improved educational opportunities for the students of this school.

Located in a high-risk neighborhood, Goodwin Elementary has a high demand for volunteers and mentorship to guide at-risk students with academics and fitness programs. This partnership promotes MSU Chicago’s participation in a variety of educational activities including tutorial services, serving as guest speakers and guest instructors, and providing career awareness and job shadowing experiences. In addition, students participate in mentorship programs and are provided with opportunities to conduct tours of local Coast Guard units.

“The strong relationship between our crews and the students at Goodwin Elementary School represents a real win-win in Chicago,” said Cmdr. Robert Bailey, MSU Chicago’s commanding officer.  “As a result of this strengthened partnership, students will develop a keen awareness and increased knowledge of Coast Guard missions, such as recreational boating safety.”

Preceding this event, students and faculty from Goodwin Elementary participated in the 2011 “Chicago’s Christmas Tree Ship” event and toured Coast Guard Cutter Alder.

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