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Knox County Schools Host Variety of Navy Week Celebrations

America’s Navy—typically tied to either US Coast—is coming to Knoxville as part of Navy Week, one of the organization’s signature outreach programs. Knoxville is one of only 15 cities selected to experience the program that designed to give landlocked residents the opportunity to learn about the Navy and its contribution to national security. During the week-long celebration taking place between April 11th and 15th, the Navy will host many special demonstrations, some of which will occur in our own schools. Some of the specific programming occurring throughout the week is outlined below:
  • Monday, April 11th:
    • Norwood Elementary School is hosting an assembly for third and fifth graders from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m
    • At 1:30 p.m., New Hopewell Elementary will host sailors from the USS Constitution, the Navy’s oldest commissioned warship. The sailors, dressed in 1813 period uniforms, will share the history of the Navy in a STEM-related presentation titled Forest to Frigates. The presentation follows the story from the forest where the ship’s timbers originally grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate. The sailors discuss the engineering of the ship, the technology that was used during that time, and the science needed to determine which materials to use to build the Navy’s first ships
    • At 12:30 p.m. and 2:10 p.m. Navy divers and medical teams will speak to classes at Gibbs High School in the auditorium
  • Tuesday, April 12th:
    • Sarah Moore Green will enjoy a performance by the Navy band woodwind quintet (call school for time)
    • The Navy band will visit Holston Middle School at 9:15a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 13th:
    • Bearden Elementary has invited six sailors to attend their Character Counts Assemblies to recognize Kids of Character The first assembly—for Kindergarten through second grade—is at 8 a.m. The second assembly—for third through fifth grade is at 8:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 14th:
    • Karns Elementary will see the USS Constitution presentation at 9:00 a.m.
    • Amherst Elementary third, fourth, and fifth grade students will have the Navy Seals STEM divers (call school for times)
    • The Criminal Justice II class at Central High School will hear a presentation from the Navy Explosive Ordinance Demolition (EOD) Sailors (call school for times)
    • The West High School NJROTC will hear a lecture from the Virginia EOD unit in the James Agee Building
  • Friday, April 15th:
    • Another branch of the Navy Seals will come to speak to all of Amherst Elementary students about the importance of the Constitution (call school for times)
    • The EOD team and divers will visit Carter Elementary School to talk to fourth and fifth grade students about the use of STEM in their work as it relates to the use of robotics and other machines (call school for times)
    • USS Constitution presentation at 1p.m. at South Knoxville Elementary School