How CUSD Is Supporting Our Military Families This Veterans Day & All Year LongPosted by: District 3 years ago
Coronado Unified School District is unique in that 39 percent of our students are military dependent. Our connection to the U.S. Navy really defines our city and district, and we are proud of the partnership CUSD has formed with the military community here on the island.
While the military students and families at CUSD are incredibly resilient, transitioning into a new school district can be difficult and challenging at any grade level. Students have been uprooted from their previous school communities, where they were comfortable, connected, and confident in the courses they were taking, the friendships they made, and their contributions to teams and clubs.
Our teachers, staff, and students have incredible empathy for these military-dependent students and their families. That’s why we work to support them throughout the year with community resources, clubs on campus, academic counseling, and personal connections to make the transition as smooth as possible. We also try to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of our military families and veterans within the community. Here are just a few examples of how we do it.
Take A Vet to School Program
Every year around Veterans Day, we host our Take a Vet to School event. Coronado Middle School teacher, Amy Stuart, founded the program years ago, and it’s been an amazing opportunity for our students to hear from veterans ever since.
This year’s event was held on Wednesday, November 8th, and we celebrated and honored veterans from the Coronado community, Wounded Warriors Project, and other local chapters of various veterans programs. We had all branches of the military—Navy, Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force—represented at this year’s event. After a welcome reception where our CMS students greeted the veterans, the vets visited classrooms to speak to small groups of students about their experiences serving in the military. After those breakout sessions, our students and staff formed a line of gratitude and escorted our veterans from CMS to the Coronado High School field, where the CUSD community enjoyed a special parachute drop and closing ceremonies.
It’s a great way to honor our veterans in Coronado, and allow them to share their experiences and lessons with our students. It gives our CMS and CHS students a better understanding of the courage and selfless sacrifice that each veteran and their families make for our country.
Through our partnership with the Navy, our military-dependent students have access to Military & Family Life Counseling (MFLC). We have MFLC counselors at each of our school sites, so students can seek support for any concerns they may have, including relationships, crisis intervention, stress management, grief, and family issues.
Student 2 Student Program
Our Student 2 Student club matches new and current students. Our club members greet their new friend, take them to lunch, and show them around campus so they don’t enter a new school feeling out of place. The program ensures military-dependent students are welcomed and comfortable, with the goal of helping them seamlessly transition into their new school environment.
New to this school year, the Aloha Club is similar to our Student 2 Student program, but focuses on welcoming parents and the rest of the family to CUSD. Our network of CUSD parents provides resources, information, and friendship to new families moving into our community. Each new family receives a bag of materials with guides to family resources within the district and Coronado; dates for school and community events; and annual camps and clinics that may be beneficial for their students. New families are also matched up with an Aloha Club family who will answer any questions they have and provide friendship as they settle into their new community.
At CUSD, our focus is always on providing the best environment for our students. To find out how you can help support our military-dependent families, visit CUSD online to get connected.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook