Bossier City schools, city, MCEC and SWEPCO officials at AEP Foundation ceremony.
Bossier Schools received a $22,000 grant from the AEP Foundation September 6 to expand its Student 2 Student (S2S) program, providing support and a welcoming atmosphere to military-connected children and students new to the district. The AEP Foundation dollars support the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). Bossier City is home to Barksdale Air Force Base and 2,000 military students attend area schools.
MCEC will provide Elementary (ES2S) and Junior (JS2S) training to five Bossier Parish schools to prepare them to implement the program on their campus. Those schools are Kingston, W.T. Lewis and Waller Elementary Schools and Elm Grove and Greenacres Middle Schools. Once trained, they will join six other schools in Bossier Parish that already have active S2S groups.
“This is a proud day for the AEP Foundation to make a difference in so many lives. This grant will support continuing education where the students will have long-term goals, support of the business community, and an easier transition to school,” said John Hubbard, SWEPCO external affairs manager, Shreveport.
S2S is a student-led program that functions as a welcoming club and models 100-percent acceptance, leadership, community service, navigating the school, and building new relationships with one another. It is also designed to increase awareness and address school transitions and concerns that impact mobile school students. Some inclusion activities include tickets to school sporting events, pep rallies, playground buddy benches and lunch mate monitors.
“Moving to a new school is one of the most daunting challenges a student will face and our goal through the S2S program is to mitigate as many of the hardships affecting a student when they move, said Georgette Price, Military Services Manager for Bossier Schools. “The S2S program model gives schools a guide on how to best work with transitioning students and how to adapt it to their individual school environment. While the program is available to help all new students, it is especially committed to the transitioning military-connected student, because at Bossier Parish Schools we recognize they serve, too.”
Elementary and JS2S training for the five schools, funded by the AEP Foundation grant, will be September 26-27 at Bossier Educational Service Center.