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D-R students on the TS Kennedy

 

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. For many who work and study on Taylor’s Point, the Academy's training ship Kennedy is in many ways a part of the landscape. For those who may be unfamiliar with the ship or MMA in general, a visit to campus and going on board can be a lifetime memory.

That’s why MMA made their day when some academically challenged special needs students and their teachers recently visited as a part of a school project associated with the 2019 Sea Term. Kevin Hurley Jr. is a Special Education teacher at Dighton-Rehoboth High School whose students have been participating in the "Follow The Voyage" (FTV) program for the past three years. "I saw it on line" Hurley says, "and found that there are so many different ways to connect with students' interests. Some students enjoy the geographical material, some enjoy learning about the mechanical aspects of the ship, others the meteorological material. We have cooked recipes from the ports that TS Kennedy has docked at, tracked its location, recorded the weather, water temperature, wave height, and wind speed."

Their trip to campus was originally planned so that they could purchase a pennant at the Academy's bookstore for their "STEAMposium" presentation at their school. Prior to arrival, the boys thought that their treat was going to see the ship at the dock. As one said, "We love everything about the TS Kennedy." Not even thinking they’d be able to get aboard, they couldn't believe it when they did...loving everything about it.  Fascinated by the water on three sides of the ship, one student said, "I feel like I am on the Titanic!"

And while these young men may not be MMA cadets in the strictest sense, through the efforts of their teacher and involvement in the Sea Term FTV program, they have gotten about as close as anyone can get. "We were truly grateful for this opportunity" said Hurley, "and our thanks go out to Nancy Franks and CAPT Mike Campbell at MMA. We're already looking forward to next year!"