USS CARL VINSON (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 Sailors volunteered a few hours of their time to read, play and assist in teaching children at the Rashid Pediatric Therapy Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 20.
The 130 children at the school have a variety of disabilities and range in age from three to 15 years old. Some Sailors helped children to identify objects in pictures, and others helped some of the older children to cook pizza or play in the gym.
“It’s great that people from Carl Vinson are coming here to help out and see how things at a special-needs school really work and experience for a few hours what we do everyday,” said Pat Lymer, a special needs teacher.
Those Sailors who helped out were glad to be there and didn’t want to leave when the time came.
“It was a blast,” said Navy Counselor 1st Class (AW/SCW) Cynthia Vaughn from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 8. “I spent time with the four- to eight-year-olds and loved it. I helped them in class, we went to the library for story time and was even given a hug and a kiss from one of the kids. It was an awesome experience.”
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the Persian Gulf conducting operations in support of multinational forces in Iraq and maritime security operations in the Gulf in order to set the conditions for security and stability in the region.
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group includes Carrier Strike Group 3, CVW-9, Destroyer Squadron 31, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the guided-missile destroyers USS O’Kane (DDG 77) and USS Mustin (DDG 89) and the fast combat support ship USS Camden (AOE 2).
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