Makin Island Sailors Read to Students

by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kristopher Haley
16 May 2022
Makin Island Sailors Read to Students
220516-N-NY430-1130 ESCONDIDO, Calif. (May 16, 2022) – Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Austin Perron reads to students at St. Mary Elementary School during a community relations event. Sailors from amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) participate in various community relations events to help establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with the community. Makin Island is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship currently homeported in San Diego.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher S. Haley)
Makin Island Sailors Read to Students
Makin Island Sailors Read to Students
220516-N-NY430-1130 ESCONDIDO, Calif. (May 16, 2022) – Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Austin Perron reads to students at St. Mary Elementary School during a community relations event. Sailors from amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) participate in various community relations events to help establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with the community. Makin Island is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship currently homeported in San Diego.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher S. Haley)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Kristopher Haley
VIRIN: 220517-N-N0831-0001
Sailors of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) read to kindergarten, first, second and fourth grade students at St. Mary Elementary School as part of a command-sponsored community relationship program, May 16.
Chief Mass Communication Specialist Michael Gomez, Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Jontae Caldwell, and Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Austin Perron, were selected to represent the command, along with Yeoman 2nd Class Shayla Dillet, a recent Makin Island Junior Sailor of the Quarter (JSOQ). Dillet was named JSOQ as a stand-out performer among her peers and was hand-picked to visit the students.
“It was very heartwarming seeing how excited the students were,” said Dillet, “They asked about the uniform, about the ship and asked about everything.”
Makin Island’s efforts are aimed to highlight Sailors recognized for their hard work and need to give back to their community.
“It’s awesome to see how excited they were to see us,” said Perron. “It made my day to see that it made their day. As a kid, I loved when the soldiers and sailors would come to our school. So being able to be that now is awesome.”
Prior to reading stories to the students, the Sailors ate lunch with the children and took some time during their recess to answer questions about life in the Navy and their jobs aboard the ship.
“The engagement between the Sailors and the children was truly rewarding,” said Principal Amanda Johnston. “We really appreciate these volunteers’ commitment to both their country and our community.”

Makin Island is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship homeported in San Diego.

 
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