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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

DOD Grant to Help Children at Malmstrom AFB Cope with Military Stresses

  • July 14, 2011
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The Great Falls, Mont., school district was awarded a three-year, $675,000 grant this week to help children of families stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base handle repeated transfers, extended deployments by their parents and other issues that interfere with their schooling.

The Transition Resource Opportunities Offered to Parents and Students (TROOPS) program at Great Falls Public Schools, funded by a DOD Education Activity grant, will provide a student service advocate at an elementary and middle school, along with one counselor for the two schools, reported the Great Falls Tribune. It also will provide equipment to allow video conferencing from the schools so that deployed parents can participate in parent-teacher meetings.

“One aim of the grant is to welcome all military students and provide them a sense of belonging to [Great Falls schools] while stationed at Malmstrom AFB.¬†Also, we want to offer special opportunities for students from Montana Air National Guard families,” Sally Mathers, the school district’s supervisor of federal programs, said in a written statement.

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