BY KIM LONGSTAFF, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST NAVSUP GLOBAL LOGISTICS SUPPORT
The commander and volunteers from Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS) participated in the 8th grade graduation ceremony for Golden Hill School held at the school auditorium, Jul. 21.
Rear Adm. James McNeal, commander, NAVSUP GLS, was the guest speaker as 48 8th grade students at the command’s Navy Personal Excellence Partnership school received their certificates to move on to high school.
McNeal spoke to the students and hundreds of their family and friends who came out to support the children’s achievement. “This day is a big step and I’m very proud of each of you.” McNeal told the group, “Your principals tell me that the students here are benefitting from our volunteer partnership at Golden Hill. But, our volunteers are getting as much if not more out of our involvement with you.”
After McNeal spoke, the graduates were called up one at a time to receive their certificate from Principal Juan Romo and to shake hands with McNeal who congratulated each graduate.
Susan DeVicariis, vice principal, thanked NAVSUP GLS for the command’s support.
“Our partnership has truly made a difference for our students,” said DeVicariis. “Educating our youth is one of the most important jobs we have as adults. Your command’s effort to extend that village to our school is invaluable.”
Most of the students who graduated will be attending San Diego High School or Pt. Loma High School in the fall.
NAVSUP GLS officially started the Personal Excellence Partnership with Golden Hill School in collaboration with San Diego Unified School District earlier this year, Feb. 9, with a formal signing of a memorandum of understanding between DeVicariis and McNeal.
Since then, volunteers from NAVSUP GLS have participated in four ‘Family Fridays’ every third Friday of the month expanding relationships with Golden Hill K-8 School students through tutoring and mentorship, and assisting with special needs students.
NAVSUP GLS volunteers also participated in the three ‘Admiral’s Awards’ ceremonies for good citizenship, a Memorial Day flag ceremony and a sports day program. As part of NAVSUP GLS’ partnership with the school, volunteer Sailors and civilians from the command augment and work with the students whose parents are unable to attend.
The Navy Personal Excellence Partnership Program is a collaborative effort among Navy commands, public and/or private sector organizations, and schools or youth organizations. The intent is to obtain and pool resources and volunteers for the purpose of strengthening the personal excellence of American youth.
The long-term goal of the program is to promote a sense of self-worth and to reinforce in young people the knowledge, traits, attitudes, and skills essential for responsible citizenship and effective participation in the American work force.
Through this program, Navy volunteers tutor, mentor, provide technical expertise, and serve as role models. Project goals include improving scholastic achievement, social and life skills, and providing vocational guidance.