Community Educational Outreach
The following, carefully selected links are provided to teachers, counselors and students in the Lehigh Valley in an effort to help them understand the value and importance of our military, veterans and their families in our communities. These sites will also help in the understanding the challenges that these families – particularly children – may face as members of our school communities.
For Educators and Counselors
- Educators Guide to The Military Child During Deployment
Remarks: Informs educators about the impact of deployment on military families and provides them with strategies of overcoming the challenges their students face.
- Military Child Education Coalition
Remarks: As a compliment to the Military Kids Connect page below, it gives educators an excellent resource. The site includes sections on military culture, guides for helping student’s cope with deployment and a section on various age appropriate lesson plans to use in the classroom.
- Military Child Initiative
Remarks: Assists public schools in improving the quality of education, with a special focus on military children and their families, by providing educational professionals with information, tools and services that enhance school success.
For Families and Children
- Military Kids Connect
Remarks: This is a password protected site geared towards children aged 6 throug17 years old. It has activities, games and other information including helpful comments from other children who have family members deployed.
- The USO Treehouse
Remarks: This USO sponsored site has games and activities including coloring sheets that can be printed out. There is also information on what it is like in some of the countries where troops are serving.
- Military Youth on The Move
Remarks: Addresses the special concerns children and teens have when moving and adjusting to new schools, friends and teachers.
Families Near and Far
Remarks: This site allows the user to create works of art and music to send to loved ones who are deployed. It also has valuable resources for family members and networking capabilities for older children.
Veterans Reading Brigade
Part of the Community Educational Outreach Program effort. After gaining a school district’s approval, the Reading Brigade brings our community’s veterans into its elementary schools to read short stories to the school children. The pre-approved book read is either of a historical or military nature, and is then donated to the classroom along with an educator’s guide.