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Intrepid Museum Foundation, Inc.
July 26, 2011

My name is Paul A. Ramirez and I am a New York City Public Middle School Social Studies teacher. In 2008, I first became involved with the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum and its program to educate and enlighten my students at my school (Young Scholars Academy in the Bronx) though the C.A.S.A. program. The after school work shop administered by Intrepid has brought knowledge, awareness and enjoyment to dozens of my students over these past years. These work shops have served to supplement the basic NYS Science and History curricula and opened the horizons of the students to the basic aerodynamic principles and the proud story of our nation's contribution and sacrifice during World War II.
On one of these trips, I noticed a leaflet that described the Volunteer Program at Intrepid. As the son and nephew of WWII veterans and the little brother of two Vietnam veterans, I became drawn to the idea that I could offer my passion for History to an audience extending well outside of my small classroom. Since becoming an Intrepid Volunteer, I have shared the rich Intrepid story with visitors and patrons from across America and around the world. Intrepid has helped to expand my classroom to a breadth that would have been inaccessible otherwise. To see the electric wonder in the eyes and on the faces of students and patrons alike after experiencing the Intrepid Museum and its programs more than justifies its continued existence.

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I have been honored to be accepted as a Volunteer at Intrepid. This experienced has enriched me and enhanced my ability to teach American History. I have especially been privileged to work with people who share this passion for America's Story.

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Were it possible, I would like to see more artifacts from the WWII period of Intrepid's service, with an emphasis of more of the personal stories of the men who served on the ship. The Former Crewmembers Association has made great strides in this area. Perhaps audio and visual of these personal stories would make an interesting exhibit addition.

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Volunteer & I continue to share America's and Intrepid's story with my own students and the wonderful patrons who visit Intrepid.