Dr. Mary Keller, President and CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), returns to Bossier this week to discuss plans for a Military Student Transition Consultant (MSTC) in the Bossier Parish School System. The MCEC is the nation’s only non-profit organization that serves around the world as an advocate for military children as they strive to meet challenges of frequent transitions, parental deployments, loss and trauma.
The Bossier Parish School Board accepted the Memorandum of Understanding from the MCEC at a January 19th meeting, and their membership in the organization is sponsored by the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. Through this new partnership, a Military Student Transition Consultant will be embedded in the school board administration to help all transitional students, primarily military. The consultant, who is an employee of MCEC, will be funded by the local corporate industry followed by an MCEC grant and will not result in any cost for the school board.
Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Parish Schools, said the school board is happy to have the Military Child Education Coalition as a partner. "We are thrilled that our Bossier Parish students whose parents work at Barksdale Air Force Base will have this added tier of support. Someone who understands the intricacies of military life and can help our children better adjust, cope and adapt to situations that may arise is invaluable.
"The military community and transitioning among students hits home with the Bossier Chamber. Past Chairman Tommy Clark was a military child and experienced his dad’s retirement at the same time his brother entered service. Current Chairman of the Board, Kara Lowrie, was also a military child. However, most of her transitional experience comes from caring for her brother’s son during his deployment. She transitioned him from one school to another, and knows the struggles and hurdles children face when saying goodbye to one group of friends and trying to find new ones in a new environment.