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Midshipman Action Group Resumes Mids for Kids Program

Posted on: October 10, 2012 08:00 EDT by Jessica Clark

The Naval Academy Midshipman Action Group kicked off the Fall 2012 Mids for Kids program during the first week in October by visiting students in seven schools in the Annapolis area.

Mids for Kids brings midshipmen volunteers into classrooms to help students with school projects and to share their own experiences at the Naval Academy.

"The children's response to our presence and participation in their classrooms was amazing," said Midshipman 2nd Class Brian Colby, who visited the Phoenix Center, a public school dedicated to special education. He told the story of helping one child with an egg drop project for science class.

"When we were done constructing, we dropped the contraption out the window and crossed our fingers. When my student learned that it had really worked and the eggs landed intact, a huge smile lit up his face, and we gave each other a high-five," said Colby. "When you make someone's day like that, you know you're doing something right."

Mids for Kids is the largest volunteer project the midshipmen organize each year. Throughout the 2011-12 academic year, more than 200 midshipmen participated in mentoring local students.

In its first week this year, the program has 90 midshipmen volunteers, and MAG plans to expand as the year progresses.

"Our program got started earlier this year than in the past and even after our first week of visiting schools we are already getting good feedback," said Colby.

Colby said he's eager to see what MAG accomplishes this year.

"The midshipmen I work with are rock stars to these young kids," he said. "We send midshipmen out in the community where they truly make a difference."

"I cannot tell you how much a positive impact the midshipman have had on our population already," said John Panitz, community liaison at the Phoenix Center. "We look forward to continuing this effective partnership."

MAG was established in 1992, and is supported by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation. The organization offers a variety of educational, environmental and social service volunteer projects coordinated with community partners from the Annapolis, Baltimore, and D.C. areas.

MAG aims to provide reliable, diligent and enthusiastic volunteers and hopes to better prepare midshipmen for future service by encouraging peer leadership, teamwork, character development, morale, selflessness, and good will towards others.

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