Bossier Schools is on the receiving end of a $22,000 grant from the AEP Foundation to expand its Student 2
The funds will help provide a supportive and welcoming atmosphere to military-connected children and students new to the district.
With the support of the AEP Foundation, representatives from AEP/SWEPCO awarded the grant money to the Military Child Education Coalition at a Sept. 6 ceremony.
In turn, MCEC will provide Elementary (eS2S) and Junior (JS2S) S2S 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.
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.
Military Services Manager for Bossier Schools Georgette Price said, “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.”
Price added, “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 Sept. 26 and 27 at Bossier Educational Service Center.