Marcus Garvey Academy and Bennett Elementary students take part in Navy Week events with ship tours, obstacle course, mock drills

Students from Marcus Garvey Academy participated in an obstacle course and other activities during the first week of school with representatives and sailors from the U.S. Navy as part of Detroit’s Navy Week events. The program was coordinated through the school’s partnership with Compuware. The students were invited to participate in an afternoon mini boot-camp, featuring mock drills. Also on-hand was the Navy’s Chevy Suburban customized to include a full-scale, state-of-the-art media center featuring a four-unit video game system for school-age children to enjoy.

About 50 fourth- and fifth-graders from Bennett Elementary School attended also Navy Week events downtown, Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  Students who are mentored by the Hispanic Police Officers Association boarded the ships and met the crew. The activity was in conjunction with the school’s Social Studies curriculum, in which students learn about careers, positive choices, conflict resolution and leadership. A commander from the Detroit Police Department, who mentors Bennett Elementary School’s Service Squad, arranged the visit.

About Navy Weeks

U.S. Navy ships are visiting ports in the Great Lakes, hosting a Navy Week in each port to bring the Navy to citizens while also commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Detroit’s Navy Week was held September 3-10. Source:

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