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Supporting the Children of Guard and Reserve Institute Training

To:Superintendents, Charter School Leaders and other Interested Parties
From:David P. Driscoll, Commissioner of Education
Date:March 8, 2006

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Operation Military Kids Massachusetts (OMK-MA), a collaborative effort among UMass Extension's 4-H Program, the MA Department of Education, MA National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, and the American Legion, will host a Supporting the Children of Guard and Reserve Institute Training conducted by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). The purpose of this special training session is to help school staff recognize and deal with issues and problems facing the children of deployed servicemen and women. The two-day session will be held April 27 and 28 form 8:30 - 4:00 p.m. at

Westford Regency Inn,
219 Littleton Rd.
Westford, MA

I encourage you to send a representative from the district guidance or other counseling staff as well as a school nurse to this unique training opportunity.

Brigadier General (PA) ret. Keith Martin, Project Manager for MCEC's Guard and Reserve Institute training, said, "Massachusetts Guard and Reserve servicemen and women are deployed in large numbers, serving alongside their Active Component comrades in the Global War on Terror and in disaster relief efforts here at home. These extended, and in some cases, multiple call-ups leave 'suddenly military' children on the home front; often in communities and schools far from the support networks of major military installation." Martin added, "We greatly appreciate the support of the Department of Education, National Guard and the entire Operation Military Kid team in making this training opportunity possible. The citizens of Massachusetts can be very proud of their leaders' commitment to doing everything possible to support the children of our deployed servicemen and women."

Dr. Mary Keller, MCEC Executive Director said, "The Guard and Reserve Institute training was developed by experienced educators and researchers to provide the awareness, sensitivities and skills to help our schools support the children of our deployed servicemen and women. The Institute seminar will 'train the trainers' so they can take what they learn back to their communities, campuses and colleagues."

The MCEC Guard and Reserve Institute training is funded by the Department of the Army Community and Family Service Center. There is no cost to participants except for travel and lodging expense. Attached for your convenience is a registration form or individuals can obtain registration information at http://www.militarychild.org/GuardForm.asp.

Last Updated: March 9, 2006

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