Sheerness RNLI crew members surprised local youngsters with a school visit.

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A group of primary school children were highly excited to be visited by crew members from their local RNLI lifeboat station

Westminster Primary School, Sheerness, pupils trying out some of their local RNLI lifeboat crew all-weather safety clothing during a visit by Coxswain Paul (PJ)Jarvis and crew member Jack Smedley.

RNLI/Vic Booth

Future crew members
Sheerness RNLI Coxswain Paul Jarvis and crew member Jack Smedley enjoyed a visit to West Minster Primary School, St Georges Avenue, Sheerness on 30 March 2022, where they spoke to the children in year 2 classes (Snapdragon, Daisy and Marigold) about the role of the RNLI in saving lives at sea. Paul and Jack told the children about their local lifeboat station at Sheerness and took along lots of equipment for them to look at and try on.
Stacey Spokes from Westminster Primary Primary School who organised the visit said: “Thank you so much for taking the time to come in to our school and speak to the children in Year 2. Having spoken to the class teachers and the children it is clear how much they enjoyed and learnt from your talk. The children have spent most of their lunch time telling other adults and children in the school that they got to meet "real life lifeboat men!" One child even stated "I cannot believe I got to wear their uniform; I am going to be a RNLI man when I grow up". You both made a very positive impression on them all”.
RNLI Sheerness spokesman Vic. Booth said : " it was great to see the excitement on the children's faces, especially when they put on the various items of kit the guys took along. By making these visits a fun occasion for the children they will hopefully take on board the vital work done by the RNLI and eventually fulfil the dream of becoming a crew member"

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