By MC2 Clay Whaley
VP-8 Public Affairs

Sailors assigned to the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8, participated in a community relations (COMREL) project at the RIA-Institute in Bahrain.

During the COMREL, Sailors read books, played games and colored pictures with the children, putting smiles on all the children's faces!

"There's nothing better than dedicating your time to another person, and the children absolutely love it when service members visit," said Student Director Christine Gordon. "We really hope to continue this partnership because service members bring pride, professionalism, and know how to behave around the children, plus the children always enjoy the visits."

With the mission statement of "Education for All," the RIA-Institute caters to the needs of mainstream learners, as well as students with physical and intellectual disabilities that require special educational programs.

"This is the most fun I've had on a COMREL in quite a while" said PR3 Adetolani Adeosun. "I definitely plan to volunteer here again because I had a great time and all of the children seemed to have had a great time as well."

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