Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford and his wife Ellyn joined more than 100 military children last week in Washington, D.C., for a training seminar for the Military Child Education Coalition’s Student 2 Student (S2S) program, an initiative designed to provide additional support for civilian and military students relocating to a new school system. The Dunfords focused on leadership, civic responsibility and the challenges of military life, reported DOD News. … The S2S program has proven successful in helping military dependents moving to Fort Polk, La., transition to Leesville High School. Student mentors welcome relocating students at the beginning of the school year — and throughout the year — guiding them through the process of finding their lockers and classes, and obtaining books. “Our main mission is just to aid in transition,” said Chance McGlothlin, the high school’s academic advisor and S2S sponsor. “Forty percent of our students are military dependents, and with the transitions come additional obstacles, including making new friends and trying to figure out what they’re supposed to do each day. … [The mentor is] a student who can really relate to some of the things they have gone through, especially if the mentor is military dependent,” McGlothlin said, reports Fort Polk Progress.
DOD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann