SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
While it may seem like summer has only begun, Schriever helping agencies and other organizations are ready to prepare kids for the start of the school year with a free back to school event in Building 20 July 27.
“We want to help them get ready for the busy school season,” said Ruth Moore, military child education coordinator. “Military kids have unique challenges, the information provided will help them get acclimated to make informed decisions.”
Booths will be set up for each of the organizations present at the event to help kids from preschool age to high schoolers learn and prepare. Organizations present include Military and Family Life Counselors, the 50th Space Wing Safety Office and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations who will set up a crime scene activity for kids.
In addition, the 21st Medical Squadron’s clinic has set aside appointments on the 27th for school physicals. Parents can register for their kids by calling 719-524-2273.
This year’s event differs from the last, which was solely for registration of Ellicott schoolchildren.
“The convention is a great tool to spread ideas,” said Peggy Diaz De Leon, health educator for health promotions at the Health and Wellness Center, a Schriever based organization which promotes proper diet and fitness through classes and programs. “There are a lot of spouses and parents who do not know about my program, so I’m hoping I can get the message out there.”
Organizations like the HAWC will have a chance to directly interact with kids and families in the new convention style format.
“School season is a high stress time,” said Diaz De Leon. “This is a great opportunity to show that the HAWC is here and can do great things.”
Organizers hope the array of benefits for event attendees will strengthen communal ties and better prepare kids and parents for the upcoming school year.
“This year the registration is more in-depth,” Moore said. “I’m excited for the families this school year. This is going to really help provide them the assistance they need.”