NRL's Outreach Program Wins Naval District Washington Regional Award

2/1/2002 - 43-01r
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Volunteers of the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Community Outreach Program have won the 2001 Naval District Washington (NDW) Community Service Program of the Year Award. This award marks the ninth NDW award received since the program's establishment in 1990. Program volunteers are comprised of military, civilian, and contractor employees.

According to the award citation signed by RADM C.E. Weaver, Commandant, NDW, to CAPT Douglas H. Rau, NRL's commanding officer, " please convey my sincere appreciation to your command's volunteers who participated so significantly in your community service school partnerships. Their initiative, dedication, and caring have not only resulted in your command's selection for the NDW Community Service Awards, but alos contributed greatly to enhancing the future potential of the children in your partner schools. Your community Service Program volunteers are truly local heroes, deserving emulation by Sailors and Navy civilians throughout our nation's capital, our Navy, and our nation. Well Done! I commend your personnel for their exemplary efforts."

Through this collaborative effort, NRL volunteers support to partnership schools included, but was not limited to: tutorial services, library book donations, mentorship services; role models leadership; career awareness programs; science fair judging; communications training through the Youth Leadership Program; tours of the Laboratory; and collaborations with local and regional educational initiatives and programs.

The NDW award is presented to Navy commands in the National Capital Region in recognition of their exemplary voluntary service to American youth and communities. Under the Department of Defense "Partners in Education" effort, the NRL Community Outreach Program was officially established in 1985 by a Presidential directive to government activities to support local schools. Segments of the Nrl program, which had been in existence at NRL for a number of years, were formally merged under one program in 1990. NRL program coordinators and volunteers meet and work closely with school officials throughout the school year to plan activities that support goals of the school.

NDW has forwarded NRL's nomination package to the Navy Personnel Command as the NDW regional entry in the Navy-wide Community Service Program of the Year Award program for the designated Flagship program area.

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