Units on Fort Bragg are scheduled to revitalize the Adopt-A-School program that in the past, partnered Soldiers with schools.
In the past, Fort Bragg has not been able to steadily support this program due to high operation tempo. At one time, the program had Soldiers helping schools with certain events, schedule training and also informed communities about the military.
Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, XVIII Airborne Corps, commanding general, has sent an initiative to reestablish the Adopt-A-School program as the Fort Bragg Military School Partnership Program.
The program plans to make contact with school boards within three weeks.
Anderson’s intent is to foster good relationships on the installation and surrounding communities. He has a list of actions he plans to put in place. Contributing military resources and services is among the top, but students’ overall nurturing and growth is what’s important.
“Our partnership and volunteers reinforce learning that never stops,” said Master Sgt. Travis Johnson, noncommissioned officer in charge of the 16th Military Police Brigade‘s school program. “The learning process continues to evolve, because students evolve.
“I take away a lesson learned each time I partake in this worthwhile service,” he said.
A few services that Soldiers can typically provide include: tutoring/mentoring, project assistance, career shadowing and guest speaking.
High schools and middle schools will be the grade levels that the program focuses on. Elementary schools are subject to support with the unit commander’s discretion.
Soldiers must complete additional background checks before volunteering.
Some of these students are near graduation, and will soon have to make very difficult choices.
Johnson feels that for the most part, they will be able to bridge the gap between education and life experiences.
“A conversation with a student could lead to making a career decision that’s everlasting,” said Johnson.