A group of military spouses is seeking volunteers to create bridges between the Moore County school system and both established and recently arrived military families.

“Our goal is to establish volunteer liaisons for schools with a military student population,” said Rollie Sampson, co-chair of the Military Family Council. “We are currently looking for a minimum of one liaison per school with military connected students, and we plan to have those in place by this fall."

Sampson said the idea for the Military Family Council grew out of the Moore County Schools Military Parents Advisory Committee, which met quarterly to discuss issues specific to military students. Sampson and Kate Curtin, Southern Middle School PTA president, will co-chair the Council through the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year.

“From those meetings, we realized that military families would benefit from peer support to answer questions that were specific to military students as well as provide assistance as these families transitioned in and out of Moore County Schools,” she said. “By having a point of contact or liaison at each school, military families have a contact person to assist them as they navigate a new school and community."

Another goal of the Council is to also benefit nonmilitary students and their families.  “As we improve the way we work with military families, we will end up developing support systems that benefit all students,” Sampson said. “Anything we can do more efficiently during the enrollment process will mean a smoother transition and less stress for our new families.”

The Council has developed a survey for military and transitioning families to assist with developing programs and systems for these students. The survey can be found on the Parents for Moore Facebook page and at http://goo.gl/forms/r0nAmwYz8S or at https://www.facebook.com/events/558115761014083/.  The survey, which is available for active duty military, their spouses and children, and those employed with the military, will be available online until March 24.

The group is also working with Moore County Schools to host a Military Family Forum on April 15 to aid discussion about issues that are specific to military families in Moore County.  The one-day event will include military parents, students and educators from Moore County Schools.

The Military Family Council's next meeting will be March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Moore County Schools’ central office in Carthage. Information may be found at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/445945948928170/permalink/445954215594010/.  All are invited to attend.


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