By Emily West, The Belton Journal
The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) has selected Belton High School from among prominent Student to Student (S2S) teams across the United States and internationally to attend the first annual Student Summit at the 18th National Training Seminar in Washington, D.C., June 26-29. Attending students will investigate ways to promote college, career, and life readiness skills on their campuses through activities and information gathered at the Student Summit.
S2S is a student-led program bringing military-connected and civilian students together to welcome new students, create a positive environment, support academic excellence, and ease transitions as students enter or leave schools.
According to Kyle Debeer, Director of Communications for Belton High, “The Student 2 Student program gives all new students a warm welcome to our participating schools and is particularly valuable for military connected students, who change schools more frequently than many of their peers. The percentage of military connected students in Belton ISD has grown from about 5% in 2010 to just under 8% this year.”
With the aid of MCEC, Belton ISD has been able to spread its S2S program to all three existing middle schools and four of the elementary schools.
The teams were selected through a competitive process which included preparing a 60-second video clip illustrating how their campus promotes college and career readiness. A point system tracked each team’s participation in social media challenges, newsletter updates, active communication with MCEC, program survey completion, sustainment webinar participation, and Month of the Military Child event planning.
Carol Ormand, English teacher at BHS and faculty sponsor of the S2S program, commended her students on their hard work and leadership skills, which she feels qualified them to earn a spot at the upcoming MCEC summit, along with the video they submitted to the competitive placement program. Debeer described Ormand as a “a big part of the students’ success,” in her role as the S2S faculty sponsor.
The Military Child Education Coalition serves the children of those who serve us all and encourages efforts that strengthen our military children and ensure opportunities for their quality education. MCEC also offers other programs, such as the Parent-to-Parent program which aides military parents and spouses in the raising of their children in such a variable and transient lifestyle as is the military necessitates. More than 194,000 parents have attended the thousands of workshops on the social, emotional, and educational struggles of the constant changes of duty station. Founded in 1998, the MCEC is a 501(c)(3) global, nonprofit leadership and advocacy organization focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for America’s four million military and veteran-connected children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.
For more information, visit www.MilitaryChild.org