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Navigators Participate in Alaskan Send-Off

by Public Relations | Published On: May 27, 2015 | Last Updated: 

Envision yourself kayaking through a beautiful yet extremely remote area in Alaska. What kind of skills would you need to have to be able survive a sometimes harsh environment? Sixteen academically exceptional, low-income high school students from Arizona recently participated in the STEP program to learn just these skills. They gained awareness of what their personal strengths are and where hard-work and determination can get them.

But before these students arrived in Alaska for their three-week wilderness expedition, they first had to pass through PHX Sky Harbor International Airport. In June, the students descended upon Terminal 2 to take what could quite possibly be their journey of a lifetime. The students were excited yet anxious. After all, they’d only just recently met each other and were now going on this journey, something that they had never experienced before. Some didn’t have much experience with traveling and were nervous about flying, the check-in process, going through security and getting to the gate.

Their worries were quickly eased, however, when two Navigators, Patti Grande and Shelagh Newton dropped by Terminal 2 to ensure that their departure ran more smoothly and add that personal touch. The Navigators helped the students get checked in, go through security, and ultimately, make it to their gate. Patti and Shelagh said that they were a great group of kids and really loved being a part of the experience.

This is only one example of the many helpful things that our Airport Navigators do on a daily basis for travelers. The smiling individuals in the purple jackets are here to assist you each time you come to the Airport. Just ask!

And, if you or someone you know is interested in volunteering as a Navigator and assisting people like Patti and Shelagh did, find out morehere.