by Kerstin Lopez
Representatives from more than 30 local area schools and districts gathered at the Special Events Center July 19 for Fort Carson’s first K-12 Education Fair.
The fair, hosted by U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Carson; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and Child, Youth and School Services; provided an opportunity for military parents and guardians to interface with local education professionals in order to make an informed decision about their students’ education, said Stephanie Gillotte, CYSS school liaison officer.
“It’s the first of its kind here,” she said.
Colorado is an educational choice state and offers a wide variety of options to educate children from grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Open Enrollment Law allows students to be enrolled in schools outside of their residential districts, Gillotte said.
Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, garrison commander, said the intent of the fair was to provide military parents with the latest information about the schooling options available in the Fort Carson and Pikes Peak region.
“It allows parents to understand what the options are for their kids. Part of the mission, of course, is to limit stress on Soldiers and Families and empowering them with information. And bringing it to a central location on Fort Carson is a big deal — a one-stop shop,” McLaughlin said.
Christine Bourque, Family member, said she thought the fair would only have information pertaining to the post schools, but was surprised to see off-post schools represented as well.
“I just moved here almost three months ago, so it’s really great to get the information,” Bourque said.
Family member Kelley Schoonover said the event was well organized and information was easy to find.
Susan Argueta, Family member, said the best part of the fair was being able to speak to school representatives in person.
“It’s very beneficial to talk to people face-to-face and find out specifically what the districts have to offer,” Argueta said.