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Commander Helps Mold Future of America
Commander Helps Mold Future of America
July 16, 2008
Navy News|by Senior Chief Mass Comm. Spc. (SW/AW) J. L. Chirrick

CORONADO, Calif. - Commander, Naval Surface Forces, spoke to 47 students about opportunities available to them in the Navy July 11.

Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis addressed the students, ages 11-13, during their visit to Breaker's Beach on Naval Base Coronado. The visit was part of a weeklong trip designed to inspire the students to take charge of their academics in preparation to lead America's future.

"You're preparing now to get good study habits, to ask the questions, to do your homework, and to take some extra courses," said Curtis to the teens who hailed from Washington, D.C.; Surry, Va.; and Queens, N.Y. "And the harder you work now, the easier it becomes later. That's the same thing that my wife and I tell our kids."

Reach for Tomorrow (RFT), a nonprofit organization, planned the trip. RFT is devoted to helping teenagers who are underperforming in school reach their potential by revealing exciting opportunities that exist after high school. RFT plans the summer program and offers tutoring programs throughout the academic year.


Underwood noted the program achieved significant results during its 15 years in operation. By using funds available through the No Child Left Behind Act, RFT hires local teachers to work with students in an after-school program that implements e-learning concepts. Through these methods, RFT has helped students achieve a one to three grade level improvement in writing, reading and math.

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