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  POSTED ON: Monday, March 9, 2020 10:56 AM by

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Midshipmen in the Naval Academy Midshipman Action Group (MAG) will spend their spring break contributing to a variety of service projects in communities around the country March 8-15.

Ten midshipmen will spend their spring break in Chicago, Illinois, volunteering at a local school and homeless shelter. The group will begin their trip spending the first morning with the Safe Haven Homeless Shelter food pantry receiving and organizing donations. They will transition to the Safe Haven kitchen in the afternoon to help prepare meals for those staying at the shelter.      

The group will spend the following two days at Moving Everest Charter School where they will participate in STEM activities through STEM-in-a-box projects with 3rd-6th graders. STEM-in-a-box projects are self-contained, portable interactive STEM projects. The group will lead a project to teach about the chemistry of water with focus on the polarity and surface tension of water molecules. Students will participate in activities including contact with magic sand, boat races using alcohol drops to propel paper boats, and surface tension demonstration using pepper, water, and dishwashing liquid. The group will also lead reading days with Kindergarten-2nd graders. The final days of the trip will include a visit to City Hall to learn about community needs in Chicago and time for reflection and lessons learned for the group.

“It is such a blessing to be given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many, especially our youths,” said Midshipman 2nd Class (junior) Hazel Acosta, Chicago trip leader. “It warms my heart that we will be able to serve their best interest by exposing them to various STEM projects, reading with them and inspiring them to be the best version of themselves.”

Established in 1992 as a community relations program for and by the Brigade of Midshipmen, MAG currently offers a variety of educational, environmental and social service volunteer projects in coordination with community partners from the Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. areas, as well as regional and national partners. MAG members participate in numerous local volunteer and community service programs throughout the academic year. MAG prepares midshipmen for future service by encouraging peer leadership, teamwork, character development, morale, selflessness and goodwill towards others. 

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.  More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Report has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college.  Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, cyber security, and military law.  Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

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Category: General Interest