By Halle Thornton | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Air Force families across the world include 175,000 children ages 5-18, and these children generally move six to nine times during their K-12 school years, often making multiple moves in high school years alone.
To help with this unique situation, Schriever’s new school liaison acts as the connector between the military base and student.
“I was doing it as an additional duty for three years,” said Ruth Moore, 50th Force Support Squadron child and youth services school liaison. “Now I can focus on the military connected students full-time.”
Moore explained the child and youth education services, including the school liaison, is committed to outreach, advocacy and partnership initiatives that generate real-time solutions for military connected students in pre-K through grade 12 as they face international educational challenges and transitions.
“I have a great relationship with all the schools in Colorado Springs,” she said. “I can provide information on Colorado Springs school districts, act as the liaison between the military community and school administrators and provide consultation services regarding education.”
Moore explained the five Cs of a school liaison: connecting, customize, comprehensive, construct and create.
Connecting: Schools, families and communities meet the unique needs for pre K-12 military connected students.
Customize: Real-time solutions for military connected students facing transitional barriers and educational gaps.
Comprehensive: Professional development for educators to understand the military lifestyle.
Construct: A network of extensive resources for building resilient communities.
Create: A system of support for military connected students experiencing parental deployment or separation.
“Academic standards, promotion or graduation requirements, services for children with special needs, eligibility for sports and extracurricular activities and transfer and acceptance for records vary greatly from state to state, even district to district,” Moore said. “While these are not new issues, national emphasis on quality education and higher standards for admission to many post high school education and training institutions increase the stakes like never before.”
Gary Hernandez, 50th FSS School Age Care program coordinator, said one of the reasons the position is important is because the person serves as the bridge for the School Age Care program and the school it serves.
“Ruth (Moore) is able to help with communicating between the two and keep us both aware of events, visitors and opportunities for the program and children,” he said. “Ruth is also able to bring opportunities such as guest speakers and field trips to the SAC program itself.
“She is bringing more opportunities to the benefit of the SAC program here at Schriever,” Hernandez continued. “Ruth’s position enables her to also assist the children of deployed parents, the parents themselves and brings programs or events to the children of the entire base such as the recent back to school event.”
Moore said it’s not just academics, but the whole person concept (emotional, mental and physical), and she is honored to take on the role.
“My son grew up as a military student, so it’s an honor to be helping military connected students obtain a quality education,” she said.
For additional information, contact Moore at 719-567-6176.