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Baller Bears get rescue training

Thanks to the connections of a Helen Baller parent, our Baller Bears experienced a day of excitement and water education.  Jeff Lukowiak, Resident Agent-in-Charge with the Coast Guard Investigative Service, recently set up a Coast Guard visit which included: a presentation on water safety and the role of the Coast Guard; opportunities to talk to members of the Coast Guard; the helicopter visit; and a tour of a rescue boat and the helicopter.

“It was inspiring to see the interaction between the Coast Guard members and students,” commented Principal Parman. The students asked many questions such as: Do you like your job? Why? Did you go to college? What is the hardest part of your job? How fast does your boat go? Have you ever rescued anyone?

“The Coast Guard members were wonderful with the kids,” Parman added. “They were very patient and answered every question.”

Coast Guard members said they had a great visit and commented that it was nice for them to be out in the community they serve and talk about what they do. For most students, and teachers, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Baller Bears really appreciated the experience and would like to thank the Coast Guard and Jeff Lukowiak for making time for the visit and for sharing their expertise.