Leyte Gulf Sailors Take Time to Make a Difference

Story Number: NNS110419-01Release Date: 4/19/2011 5:18:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Guerra

ADLIYA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Sailors stationed aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) spent time with children enrolled at the Regional Institute of Active Learning (RIA) in Adliya, Bahrain, during a community relations (COMREL) project, April 14.

Sailors spent time in the classrooms with students, assisting the staff, tutoring and playing games with the students.

After a brief introduction period between Sailors and students, the volunteers were divided by class subject to assist students in specific areas of focus, such as English and math.

Once the morning lessons were complete, Sailors and students participated in a recess period, which included a game of basketball, followed by lunch outdoors.

"This is one of the most rewarding things I have done," said Fire Controlman Fireman Sherrie Brown, COMREL volunteer. "The opportunity to be a part of a project that does so much for such deserving kids is fantastic."

RIA was founded by Dr. Emad Al Attar and his wife Christine Gordon in 1999, to help ensure special needs students received the same educational opportunites afforded to non-special needs children. Gordon expressed her thanks to the Sailors of Leyte Gulf for volunteering their time.

"We really appreciate the effort you all put in today by spending some time with these students," she said. "The three hours you spent here really goes a long way in helping their academic and social development. I am very grateful."

RIA is a non-profit organization that is funded through nominal school fees and from charitable contributions from members of the community.

COMREL projects can vary depending the needs of a community in a particular ports-of-call. They are designed to provide Sailors an opportunity to interact with the local communities they visit and to act as ambassadors of the U.S. Navy.

Leyte Gulf is deployed as part of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in support of maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th area of responsibility. For news regarding Enterprise Strike Group's deployment, log onto www.navy.mil/local/cvn65 or visit the USS Enterprise Facebook page at www.facebook.com/USS.Enterprise.CVN.65.

For more news from USS Enterprise (CVN 65), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65)
110303-N-0074G-020 RED SEA (March 3, 2011) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) while conducting flight operations in the Red Sea. Enterprise and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on a routine deployment to conduct maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jesse L. Gonzalez)
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