FORT LEWIS, WA — Fort Lewis leaders and Clover Park School Administrators will mark the beginning of construction for a new joint-use youth facility during a ground breaking ceremony Friday at 1 p.m. at the Hillside Elementary School on post.
The U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Lewis and Clover Park School District have formed a partnership to meet the needs of the Garrison and District.
The 135-person capacity multi-purpose facility will be used by Fort Lewis for instructional purposes within the School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills (SKIES) program. Clover Park School District will utilize two classrooms in this facility to conduct their Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP). Other space in this facility has been designated to help the district enhance, expand or create educational opportunities, sports and fitness programs.
Construction of this facility marks another milestone in what good partnerships can establish when working together for the common good. Clover Park School District and the USAG quickly recognized the benefits of joining resources to provide needed services for school age children.
This effort is one-of-a-kind in regards to how both organizations have agreed to do business on behalf of military children and the services provided to them.
All across the Army, installations are looking for better ways to serve military children. The usage of classrooms for Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) will allow the district to provide additional services for military children than is currently offered. This will
make these children ready to learn when they enter Kindergarten.