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Military Students Learning to Hang in There

Ropes course with students The life of a military student is challenging. Frequent moves across the globe bring constant change and new beginnings. “Being a military kid can be hard, but things like this make it easier,” said third-grader, Becky Simpson.


Third and fourth-grade military-connected students in District 49 navigated a restorative ropes course as a team at La Foret in Black Forest June 13. The course promotes practice and application of social and emotional skills, while teaching students to work together.


The event happened just in time for Becky whose father serves in the U.S. Army. Becky is getting ready for her family’s third move as she prepares to enter only her fourth year of school. “The ropes course was so much fun! It helped me know how to get ready for moving to Italy,” shared Becky. “I know not to be scared about meeting new people and making new friends.”


District 49 understands the significance of the military population and value of providing support to families that serve. By providing a Military Student Transition Consultant (MSTC), military and federal service families have a helping hand in D49 to ensure smooth academic transitions, referrals to installations and community resources, and social emotional support for students.


The event organizer, Melissa Dashner, MSTC in D49, commented, “Students are able to discover and develop their own skills, potential and passion.”


Military-connected students face challenges such as Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves and deployments. “The restorative ropes course arms them with skills that can be later applied in these scenarios,” stated Dashner.


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Melissa Dashner