DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam along with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) joins the Department of Defense and the armed forces community in celebrating April as The Month of the Military Child.
Throughout this month, our schools and communities in the Pacific will plan special events to honor military children. These events will stress the importance of providing students with high quality services and support to help them succeed both inside and outside the classroom.
We know that military children face many obstacles unique to their situation, such as having a parent deployed for extended periods of time and moving frequently. Deployments and family separations can be stressful times for children. Our schools are part of the wide community support network available to families. Training is provided to our teaching staff on the various stages of deployment and the ways that children are affected. Teachers, counselors and psychologists guide honest and open discussions with students. Schools link deployed parents and students by email and other technologies. “Our teachers and staff are uniquely positioned to appreciate the military child, as our mission is to provide exemplary educational programs, in the military communities we serve throughout the Pacific. Our educational initiatives serve to inspire and prepare our students for success in the global environment. Our most important contribution is to remain focused on the educational mission and provide a stable environment for the children in our schools especially during times of stress,” explained Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam.
We are proud to announce Laura Curran a 6th grade student at Humphreys American Elementary School won the YMCA Month of the Military Art Contest. Laura also won the National Association of Pupil Transportation Poster Contest.
There are numerous examples of programs and activities that are being held throughout our 45 schools. For example in the Korea and Japan District these include;
YokotaWest Elementary School
EJ King HS & Sasebo Elementary
"Our work is important and we do make a difference in the lives of each of our students. I wish to thank our teachers for their continued commitment and professionalism to our students and our organization. Their efforts make DoDEA schools a place to be proud of,” added Bresell.