SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 visited with children at the International Community School in Singapore during a community service (COMSERV) project, April 20.
The visit began with an introduction to the school's philosophy followed by arranging Sailors into groups to visit students in the elementary classrooms.
"I usually try to do a [COMSERV] in each port," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Nicholas Winkler, from Wichita, Kansas. "I have two kids back home, so since I can't be with my kids, I can volunteer with the children here to have the same feeling of being young and energetic."
Sailors answered questions about life in the Navy, played games, and participated in science and art projects with the students.
In classrooms with older students, Sailors got an inside peek at a foreign education system before joining the students for lunch.
"My favorite part of the day was watching them work on fractions," said Winkler. "There was a little girl who was playing a bracelet game based on fractions and she was zipping through them like they were nothing. It was impressive seeing what their curriculum enabled them to do."
After lunch, the students and Sailors headed to the playground for recess where they played outdoor games, swung on swings and held races.
"Some of the other groups with the older kids played basketball while we went to the playground to play tag," said Yeoman 2nd Class Luc-Rikardo Fils, from Fort Myers, Florida. "It was like being transported back in time. We all got to feel like we were kids again."
At the end of the visit, the students and Sailors took pictures together and exchanged the paintings they had created earlier in the day. The Sailors said their goodbyes and headed back to the ship.
"I was sad to leave at the end," said Fils. "Being in port is fun. Going out and seeing the country is amazing, but getting to meet the people is one of the greatest investments of our time. It's incredibly rewarding as well."
Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment.
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