NRL Sponsors Three Maryland Public Schools

4/1/1996 - 22-96r
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The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has affirmed its support of three Aberdeen, Maryland, public schools through the Department of Defense "Partners in Education Program" at a ceremony held at Aberdeen High School on January 24.

CDR John G. Wallace, Jr., USN, Officer in Charge, NRL Detachment, U.S. Army Chemical Biological Defense Command, signed partnership agreements with the principals of Aberdeen High School, Aberdeen Middle School and Bakersfield Elementary School through NRL Community Outreach Program.

CDR Wallace said, "We are here today to 'officially' affirm our support to our young students in helping them achieve their potential. Although we are a small detachment, with a history of supporting local schools, the partnership with NRL will enable our volunteers to provide a broader range of educational opportunities."

Through the agreements, detachment volunteers will provide tutorial support, tours of NRL headquarters in Washington DC, surplus computers, electronic and scientific equipment, office furniture and other related items when available, student employment opportunities, enrichment programs, and educational opportunities available only to partnership schools in collaboration with other DoD and federal government agencies as they become available.

According to Mr. William Gunn, Principal of Hillsdale Elementary School, "This is a great opportunity to expose our students to careers in the engineering and scientific fields and an understanding of the educational requirements needed to pursue employment in these fields."

"For our students who excel both in the math and sciences, this program can encourage them to continue their education in high technology fields they may not known existed prior to the partnership." said Mr. David Volrath, Assistant Principal of Aberdeen High School.

NRL, a part of the Naval District Washington (NDW), also has sites in Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Presently, NRL has partnership agreements with four District of Columbia Public Schools and supports other schools in the region on a case-by-case basis, dependent on volunteer resources.

Versions of DoD's "Partners in Education" have been implemented in many federal agencies. The idea was initiated through a 1985 Presidential Directive encouraging Americans to provide resources on a voluntary basis to community educational programs.

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