Chapin High increases awareness for Bliss community
Meagan Kinley, Garrison Public Affairs:
For Soldiers with children, the military lifestyle that sometimes requires relocation can be challenging for adolescents who long for consistency. Being in high school is difficult enough without having to rebuild friendships, academics and activities every few years.
To make transitions like these easier, the El Paso Independent School District put on the Military and Community Parent Academy, Saturday, at Capt. J.L. Chapin High School. The event featured guest speakers, Col. Brant Dayley, Fort Bliss Garrison commander, Vernon L. Butler, the interim superintendent for EPISD, as well as classes and vendors from the Bliss and El Paso communities.
“Our vision was to target military families and gain enthusiasm for the school district and to increase parent involvement in the community,” said Carlos Martinez, director of EPISD community and government relations. “We also wanted to demonstrate that the district is welcoming to these families and an integral part of their children’s education.”
The day began with the Chapin High school color guard and the national anthem sung by a chorus of young EPISD students. Dayley and Butler then took the stage and explained the importance of parent-school integration and the esteemed success achieved when these two parties work together. Dayley shared personal stories about his military career and how it impacted his family life.
The event also offered insight and expert advice in a myriad of areas including: STAAR testing, Military Child Education Coalition, the juvenile court system, bullying, gang awareness, school literacy and more.
“This is a gathering of parents and school teachers with a focus on education, with a focus on students to help military families adjust to life here in El Paso,” said Butler. “Together we can come full circle and communicate to better understand the needs of these families … our most precious resource is our students. We are here to put them first.”
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