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Robins AFB, HCBOE Partner to Host Georgia Military Child Education Conference
Robins AFB, HCBOE Partner to Host Georgia Military Child Education Conference


HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – The Houston County Board of Education is proud to partner with Robins Air Force Base to cohost the 2nd annual Georgia Military Child Education Conference.  The conference will be held Sept. 28, 2012, at the Museum of Aviation from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

The target audience for this statewide event includes military installation commanders from across the state, Board of Education superintendents from school systems serving military families, Department of Education representatives and state legislators.  Care was taken to select topics of interest to all who serve military families in their schools.  Topics include:  Interstate Compact on Military Child Education, Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and current trends in education in our state.  The conference will conclude with a discussion on 2012 - 2013 goals in regards to military child education in Georgia.  Attendees will pay a landing fee of $25.

In addition to the conference, free training will be provided by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) on Sept. 27, for about 100 educators and others who serve the military child.  Living in the New Normal will provide tools to help children deal with grief and transition.  The training will take place at the Museum from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

“We are thankful that the Georgia National Guard, in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, is offering our educators the MCEC ‘Living in the New Normal’ training," said Beth McLaughlin, HCBOE Director of Community and School Relations.  “Our counselors, AFJROTC instructors, school psychologists and select administrators from our 38 schools and central office will participate in this excellent training to better help children transition through moves as well as dealing with an absent parent.  Having personally attended this training, I can state with confidence that it will benefit our military and other mobile families across our state.  We are thankful to our sponsors who are making this free training possible for not only our school system, but the entire state.”

Conference sponsors are:

·         Air Force Association Carl Vinson Memorial Chapter (5 Star level at $500)

·         Macon State College (5 Star, $500)

·         Officers’ Spouses Club (3 Star, $350)

·         Georgia Operation Military Kids (3 Star, $300)

·         RAFB Private Organizations (3 Star, $300; Chief’s Group, Network 56, Airmen Committed to Excellence, Top 3 and AFSA Chapter 404)

·         VLChilds/UICF (Friend, $50 to $99).

Supporters who provided in-kind items are:  the Museum of Aviation, Golden Key Realty, Houston County Living, Middle Georgia Technical College and the Warner Robins Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. 

Houston County students will be showcased through participation and a display of patriotic art and photography.  The colors will be presented by Houston County High and Veterans High School AFJROTC cadets.  Teen Council members will welcome attendees and do introductions.  Teen Council members are:  Erin Butikofer and Brendan Kennedy, Warner Robins High; Andrea Hilden and Lexus Marion, Perry High; and Alexis Jefferson, Veterans High.  And patriotic art by students will be on display.  Art has been submitted by:  Matt Arthur Elementary, Kings Chapel Elementary, Lake Joy Primary, Miller Elementary, Morningside Elementary and David Perdue Elementary.  In addition, Houston County High student Nicole Sikes took patriotic photographs during the summer to showcase in a shadowbox. 

The Museum of Aviation is located at Highway 247 and Russell Parkway in Warner Robins.  For more information, please contact Lesley Darley, Robins AFB School Liaison Officer, at 478-327-7692 or Lesely.Darley@robins.af.mil.  Or contact McLaughlin at 478-988-6390, ext. 0, 0r Beth.McLaughlin@hcbe.net.  The full agenda for the Friday conference is attached. 

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