|In accordance with AR 360-61 Community Relations and DoD 5500.7 Join Ethics Regulations, the Army Partnership with Local Area Schools (APLAS) program contributes military resources and services to schools in order to nurture the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth of children in the greater Fort Sill area; to increase public awareness of the Army’s mission; and to foster good relations.The APLAS program consists of four components:
Component 1: Mentoring with the Middle school students. The units provide soldiers that have cleared the appropriate background checks to work one-on-one with students to provide them support, a positive role model, and a friend.
Component 2: High School Leadership.
Component 3: Adopt-A-School- The unit decides what school they want to adopt depending on where the units kids go to school and the availability of that school. The unit volunteers help kids with science fairs to include helping kids who do not have anyone at home to help them develop their projects, do CG’s challenge at the school with the kids if they do not come to Fort Sill to participate, give a presentation at the school, attend the school carnival, fun days, track meets, etc. The school and the unit stay in contact when that unit deploys. The school sends care packages, letters, etc. The unit talks to the kids when they return, answering questions and showing pictures that were taken during the deployment.
Component 4: Parent Involvement. All soldiers are encouraged to attend their child’s school activities. When it is time for parent teacher conferences for example, the soldier is released from duty for the needed time so the soldier with his or her spouse can attend the conference. They are required to go back to go after the conclusion of the conference if there is still time in the work day.
The APLAS program coordinator conducts a shoot training session for mentoring prior to the soldiers becoming mentors. During the training session the mentors are given a Mentor Resource Manual to help them. The School Liaison Officer is in charge of the APLAS program. Please contact Merlinda Tate at 442-4933 to get soldier mentors trained and ready to volunteer.
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