NRL Hosts Art and Essay Awards Ceremony

2/26/1996 - 18-96r
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On February 16, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) hosted its Annual African American History Month Art and Essay Contest Award Ceremony for approximately 60 students from NRL's partner schools.

This year's guest speaker was Mr. Lorrd-Lorenzo A. Calender, II, professional storyteller and Griot, who brought to life folktales through his interactive program entitled "Celebrations of the Oral Tradition."

Students were presented certificates for their winning entries by Captain Bruce W. Buckley, NRL's commanding officer and Mr. Calender. At the conclusion of the program, Mr. Calender fielded questions on African folklore and on the numerous African artifacts he provided for display.

The contest is co-sponsored by NRL's Community Outreach Program and the NRL Black Employment Program, as a part of the Department of Defense's "Partners in Education Program," established in 1985, by presidential directive to government activities to support local schools.

Through the Community Outreach Program, NRL volunteers support four District of Columbia Schools: M.V. Leckie and W.B. Patterson Elementary Schools, P.R. Harris Educational Center, and F.W. Ballou Senior High School, providing tutorial services, acting as mentors and role models, serving as judges for science fairs, providing Toastmasters training, organizing and conducting NRL tours and visits to other federal agencies and Navy facilities, assisting in book donation drives, managing career awareness programs and surplus computer and equipment donations, and providing other services that help local students reach their potential.

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