Representatives from Clover Park School District, Fort Lewis and Madigan Army Medical Center accept the Pete Taylor Award of Excellence. (From left: COL Gregory Gahm, Psychology Department Chief, MAMC; Norma Melo, Fort Lewis School Liaison; Karen Reynolds, Evergreen Elementary School Counselor; and David Callies, Psy.D., Chief, Child and Family Services in the Department of Psychology at MAMC.
This summer, Clover Park School District (CPSD), along with Fort Lewis and Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), received a Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award from the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). The Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award encourages and applauds outstanding partnerships between military installations and school districts. The seamless partnerships between CPSD, Fort Lewis and MAMC speaks to their dedication to military-connected children, who move an average of six to nine times during their K-12 years.
CPSD, Fort Lewis and MAMC are specifically being honored for their program, Adjusting to a Family Member’s Deployment: A Resiliency Skills Program for Children and Adolescents, a six-week session for students in grades K-12. The program uses exercises and activities to address the feelings and changes in routine associated with deployments. Counselors from 16 elementary and three middle schools who run these programs received intensive training on resiliency. Program sessions have an educational and interactive component so that participants can practice newly learned skills with the support of their peers and school counselor.
“I am proud to support the partnership between the school district, Fort Lewis and Madigan Army Medical Center, which was established to fill the needs of dependent military families, particularly students, who are dealing with the stresses of deployment,” said Clover Park School District interim superintendent Dr. Al Cohen. “Clover Park School District is proud to offer our military students a place where they can grow academically and feel safe and emotionally secure.”
The Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award is named after Lieutenant General (Ret.) Pete Taylor, former chairman of the MCEC and Commanding General of III Corps and Fort Hood. Taylor earned national acclaim for his advocacy for military families as they transitioned between school systems. MCEC reviewed more than 20 applications for this year’s Pete Taylor Award. However, only seven military installations and organizations around the globe were selected.