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Schriever families attend back-to-school event

Alex, 9, left, and Lucas, 5, learn about the control panel of fire truck with Steve Leibensperger, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, during the back-to-school event at Schriever Air Force Base, July 30, 2019. During the event, kids were able to get backpacks filled with back-to-school gear and also view a weapons demonstration, a patrol car static display, a school bus static display, a fire truck display, and a USAFA falconry demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Alex, 9, left, and Lucas, 5, learn about the control panel of fire truck with Steve Leibensperger, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, during the back-to-school event at Schriever Air Force Base, July 30, 2019. During the event, kids were able to get backpacks filled with back-to-school gear and also view a weapons demonstration, a patrol car static display, a school bus static display, a fire truck display, and a USAFA falconry demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Ethan, 8, gets familiar with a Humvee under the supervision of Army Staff Sgt. Ken Pehoski, 2nd Space Company space support team, during the back-to-school event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 30, 2019. The event featured representatives from Ellicott schools and organizations who provided help with enrollment and program information. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Ethan, 8, gets familiar with a Humvee under the supervision of Army Staff Sgt. Ken Pehoski, 2nd Space Company space support team, during the back-to-school event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 30, 2019. The event featured representatives from Ellicott schools and organizations who provided help with enrollment and program information. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Logan, 6, lightly pets Zeus, a U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon under the supervision of Madelyn Duckworth, USAFA cadet third class, during the back-to-school event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 30, 2019. The event featured static displays for kids to interact with including a Humvee, a fire truck, a SFS patrol car, a weapons demonstration, a school bus, and a USAFA falconry demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Logan, 6, lightly pets Zeus, a U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon under the supervision of Madelyn Duckworth, USAFA cadet third class, during the back-to-school event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 30, 2019. The event featured static displays for kids to interact with including a Humvee, a fire truck, a SFS patrol car, a weapons demonstration, a school bus, and a USAFA falconry demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Matthias, 8, left, and Justice 10, center, try out the intercom system of a 50th Security Forces Squadron patrol car as Staff Sgt. Jonnathan Lira, 50th SFS area supervisor, observes during the back-to-school event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 30, 2019. The event served as a venue for parents to learn about a variety of school programs, pre-requisites and enrollment information. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Matthias, 8, left, and Justice 10, center, try out the intercom system of a 50th Security Forces Squadron patrol car as Staff Sgt. Jonnathan Lira, 50th SFS area supervisor, observes during the back-to-school event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 30, 2019. The event served as a venue for parents to learn about a variety of school programs, pre-requisites and enrollment information. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Cason, 4, sits in the driver’s seat of a school bus as Tech. Sgt. Donny Turner, Security National Reconnaissance Office non-commissioned officer in charge, guides him during the back-to-school event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 30, 2019. The event provided educational resources and information from a variety of organizations and the Ellicott Schools in preparation for the upcoming school year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Cason, 4, sits in the driver’s seat of a school bus as Tech. Sgt. Donny Turner, Security National Reconnaissance Office non-commissioned officer in charge, guides him during the back-to-school event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 30, 2019. The event provided educational resources and information from a variety of organizations and the Ellicott Schools in preparation for the upcoming school year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

(U.S. Air Force graphic by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

(U.S. Air Force graphic by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 50th Force Support Squadron Child and Youth Education services hosted a back-to-school event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 30.

Representatives from local schools and support services welcomed parents and future school goers with resource tables and information about their specific programs, requisites and enrollment dates.

Ruth Moore, 50th Force Support Squadron Child and Youth Education Services school liaison and main organizer of the event, said it helps Airmen prepare their children and family for the upcoming school year.

“We wanted to bring organizations that support our Schriever military community,” she said. “It's a great opportunity for parents and students to make contact with helping agencies in a low-key way before school starts.”

Parents were able to register their children on the spot with the assistance of the school representatives, who also facilitated meet and greets between parents and their children’s respective school’s leadership.

“These events help ensure that military-connected children's academic, social and emotional needs are recognized, supported and appropriate responses provided,” Moore said. “We also want to provide services and programs that ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments and family separation. Parents are empowered with the knowledge to ensure their children are K-12, college, workforce and life-ready.”

Capt. Ranell Cavitt, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron mission planner, volunteered for the event.

“This event brings our community together,” she said. “It helps families who may be new to the community or may be doing something for the first time, like enrolling their kids in school. It’s something that takes a lot of stress off parent’s backs, somewhere where people can meet other parents in the community and kids just play and have fun,” Cavitt continued.

Cavitt volunteered because it brought her back to her school days.

“I remember getting ready for school and one of the best parts of getting ready was going to the back-to-school event,” she said. “It would make me feel amped getting all my stuff ready for school, it’s usually the first view of people you might be in school with.”

Airman 1st Class Anastasia Guzmán, readiness and plans commander support staff, and parent to two school age children, was among the 200 attendees.

“As a Schriever Airman and parent I learned a lot about the educational resources we have available around base, and the skills, training and tutoring they bring,” she said.

Guzmán said the event helped her decide on choosing Ellicott as the future school for her children.

“I talked to Ellicott pre-school representatives and I will be enrolling my kids on their pre-school program starting next year,” she said.

For more information about the services the 50th Force Support Squadron Child and Youth Education Services offers, call Moore at 567-6176.

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