Children from St. Anthony view Coast Guard boat and get information from Coast Guard Petty Officers Scott Didaleusky and Dustin Lawrey.
TIGARD — On a recent rainy morning, students from St. Anthony School arrived for classes, only to see a 25-foot Coast Guard rescue boat in the parking lot. It hadn't rained quite that much — the craft was on a trailer and ready for curious students to inspect. The school has been seeking opportunities to teach students about military service.
The boat, which can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour, had an unloaded gun on the bow, sometimes used when the Coast Guard confronts drug runners and other smugglers.
Petty Officer Scott Didaleusky explained hypothermia and how the Coast Guard can help victims who've been in the water. Petty Officer Dustin Lawrey explained that the Coast Guard also helps with environmental protection, managing spills on waterways and investigating accidents.
After viewing the vessel, students took refuge inside to watch a video about Coast Guard rescues, law enforcement and other work.
Students were given small flags to wave as they sang “God Bless America.”
“The Veteran’s Day assembly and activities at St. Anthony Catholic School show students the importance of honoring the veterans of our military for their sacrifice and service to our country," says Bridget Villanueva, the teacher who organized the event. "As a country and as a school, it is important to thank the men and women who make this sacrifice in order to preserve our freedom as a nation."