PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailors taught students at Brighton Elementary School in Portsmouth, Va., March 23, as part of the Brighton Junior Achievement Day.
Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students understand economics, business and the free-enterprise system, hosted the event.
To get ready to speak to the students, each Sailor studied their topics and prepared a lesson. Topics varied based on the age group they were teaching and included everything from teaching the basics of money to explaining city planning. Most Sailors worked on and conducted their presentations in small groups while some did their projects alone.
"We taught a kindergarten class what money is, like what pennies and dimes are," said Boatswain's Mate Seaman Lindsay M. Jackson, a volunteer from Deck Department. "We spent about an hour or two preparing beforehand, then we taught them from about 10 a.m until the afternoon."
The children were very excited to have the Sailors in their classrooms and enjoyed having them teach, said Debbie Haas, Junior Achievement Elementary Program Manager and event organizer.
"The kids responded very well to the Sailors. I think they enjoyed seeing them in their uniforms and looked up to them," said Haas. "They had a lot of questions about what it was like to be a Sailor and what it was like on a ship. The Sailors were good role models for the classes, and I think they had a very positive impact."
The students weren't the only ones who enjoyed the experience, though. Sailors found interacting with the children rewarding, as well.
"It felt good to participate in the event and to get out there and work with the kids," said Jackson. "They were really sweet and fun, and they really liked us being there. Seeing us in our uniforms put a glow in their eyes. It was definitely worth it and I look forward to doing it again next month."
Haas added that this was the first time she has worked with Truman Sailors, but she looks forward to their participation in Junior Achievement events in the future. Another "J.A. day" is planned for April 20; hopefully Truman Sailors will be able to come out again, she said.
Harry S. Truman is currently conducting a 10 month Dry-docked Incremental Availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and expects to return to sea late this year.
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