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Military families learn educational opportunities in SWGA

By Re-Essa Buckels, Public Affairs Specialist | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | July 30, 2018

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As the school year quickly approaches, active-duty families aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany received information about the various school districts and educational opportunities in Southwest Georgia during the Military Child Educational Summit, here, July 24.

Having been stationed at several other installations, Master Sgt. Glen Gumbs, Supply and Logistics Staff Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge, Logistics Supply Division, MCLB Albany said it was his first-ever educational summit.

With two school-aged kids, Gumbs and his spouse, Nicole, said the event was a great opportunity for service members and their families.

“I’ve been to Chery Point, Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton, and I haven’t seen this before,” Gumbs remarked, “the directors and principals (have) all taken their time to present this information.”

Leaders from both public and private schools showcased their programs. The following school systems participated in the event:

·       Dougherty, Lee, and Worth County School System Superintendents

·       Private School Headmasters from Deerfield Windsor, Sherwood Christian Academy, St Teresa's Catholic School, and Far Horizon Montessori

·       Dual Enrollment Advisors from Albany State University, Albany Technical College, Georgia Southwestern State University

·       President/Directors from Southwest Georgia Home School Association and Classical Conversations

School leaders shared the educational prospects offered by their respective schools. They also held "meet and greet" opportunities with military families.

Special Education Directors from each school districts spoke to military families who have children with special needs.

As the School Liaison and Exceptional Family Member Program Manager, Latreessa Perryman is responsible for helping military families navigate the many educational opportunities available.

“Instead of our military families going out to seek the educational community, I decided years ago to always bring the educational community to their backdoor,” Perryman explained.


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