Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Patriots Point Institute of History, Science and Technology has partnered with the City of Charleston to host 180 students for educational programs aboard the USS Yorktown. As part of the week-long “Summer in the City” camp, approximately 90 students visited Patriots Point on Tuesday and Thursday of last week to participate in a cross-curricular, standards-based program that features history, science, math, literacy and art components in a setting aboard one of the nation’s most historic warships.
Their participation in this program has been made possible thanks to the Patriots Point Scholarship Program, funded by the generous support of community partners and organizations such as the USS Yorktown (CV-10) Association and local supporters Mike and Mary Sudzina.
“Part of our mission at Patriots Point is to provide Lowcountry youth who may be resource-challenged with a foundation in education – particularly one that focuses on our nation’s rich military history,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “We are pleased to welcome these students to take part in our multi-faceted educational programs and hope they leave feeling excited about learning and with a greater understanding of the duty, honor, service, and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in our armed forces.”
“Moreover,” Burdette continued, “we recognize that challenges presented by today’s economic climate make it difficult for various youth programs to afford to travel for off-site education programs and we want to do our part to help. Thanks to our Yorktown Association Scholarship Program and the generous donation from Mike and Mary Sudzina, we are able to partner with the City of Charleston to host this program at no cost to the campers. We believe it will be an experience they will remember for a lifetime.”