Army School Liaison Office supports families, schools
June 4, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- We know how important education is to the well-being and quality of life of Army families. When a Soldier moves to Hawaii with a family, his/her first questions are usually, "Where will I live and where will my child(ren) go to school?"
The School Liaison Office; Child, Youth and School Services; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, can assist families in their child's education. The SLO coordinates and assists Army families and school-age youth with educational opportunities and information necessary to achieve academic success.
The SLO can assist parents to ease the impact of the mobile military lifestyle on the academic success of their children. They serve in a communication and assistance role between the school system and military families.
The SLO program can identify barriers to academic success and develop solutions; promote parental involvement in their child's education; develop and coordinate the Army partnership in education program; provide parents with the tools they need to overcome obstacles to education that stem from the military lifestyle; and educate local communities and schools to better understand the needs of military families.
The SLO's education efforts include the Military Culture Course, a program that teaches Department of Education employees and community caregivers about the military lifestyle. The course is held every year and is always fully attended with a waiting list.
Another effort involving the SLO is the Partnerships in Education initiative through the School Partnership Program. Fifty Hawaii public schools are partnered with Army units for mentoring and tutoring, campus beautification, volunteering. During fiscal year 2011, the program racked up more than 6,682 recorded volunteer hours; so far, 1,955 hours have been recorded for FY 2012.
The educational experience of our military children is critical and of utmost importance. Therefore, the relationship between the schools and military families needs to be nurtured and enhanced constantly.
Through collaborative efforts with the DOE, parents, and military, the military child becomes the recipient of a good education while in Hawaii.
School Liaisons are a valuable asset and you are encouraged to use them fully.
Questions about your child's education? Call the SLO at 808-655-8326.