Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley,
Hello, Team Bliss!
Although summer does not officially end until late September, a significant portion of our population feels autumn’s approach. School begins again for the El Paso Independent School District Monday. Most parents should have registered their children already, although late registration is finishing up today.
Being a military child is extremely difficult. Unlike most children, military children must contend with the extended absences of one or both parents and the frequent uprooting when one or both of the Soldier-parents must PCS. Add to these stressors the burden of academic achievement, and you have a child potentially overwhelmed by difficulties. The potential struggle to excel academically is also on the parents’ minds.
Fort Bliss and the Army understand these difficulties, which is why we have School Liaison Services. Besides fostering Partners in Education – a program where military units volunteer at schools – School Liaison Services helps involve military parents in their children’s education, helps families avoid the impediments that stem from the military lifestyle, and educates the community and schools of the needs of military children. To get into contact with School Liaison Services, call 569-5064/5065. They are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Bldg. 503-B, Room 224. Visit their website: www.blissmwr.com/sts. It contains links on scholarship information, immunization requirements and local schools.
Their website also contains valuable information regarding upcoming programs like the Youth Sports Back to School Bash and Freedom Camp. The Youth Sports Back to School Bash is a free event at the Youthplex, 195 Chaffee Road, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8. Open to youths ages 6 to 17, the bash includes competition in the President’s Challenge Physical Fitness Test, a health and fitness fair and more. To learn more, call 568-2617.
Freedom Camp runs from Sept. 21 to 23 in Fort Lone Tree and Lone Tree Ranch in Capitan, N.M., in the Lincoln National Forest. Campers experience high adventure, teambuilding, group discussions, leadership and service learning. The camp is open 9- to 18-year-old children of Soldiers who are deployed, have returned from deployment within the last year or are expected to deploy in the next 12 months. The deadline for registration is Aug. 31. Packets, which can be found at www.blissmwr.com/sts, must be turned in completed to Parent Central Services, 1743 Victory Ave. To learn more, call 568-4374.
It also behooves me to remind drivers on Fort Bliss streets to continue to be cautious. Be aware of school zones in the mornings, at noon and in the afternoon. As a driver anywhere at any time you should always maintain a presence of mind, but it is exceptionally crucial you do so when there are children about.
One last thing: The “Let Freedom Sing” concert series concludes next week when pop duo Karmin performs at the Freedom Crossing event lawn Aug. 30. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. I am proud of how well these concerts have managed to bring the Fort Bliss and El Paso communities together to share in some great music at a great venue. To learn more, visit www.freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com or call 564-5311.
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