Fort Polk to Host Education Symposium

LEESVILLE, LA – Fort Polk Progress will host an evening session of its Education Symposium for working parents from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014.

The evening session will take place at the Leesville High School Cafeteria at 502 Berry Avenue in Leesville and will provide a recap and summary of the sessions that will have occurred earlier in the day.

“The evening session is designed for working parents and community members,” said Fort Polk Progress Chairman, Michael Reese. “The session will provide information and answer questions for those unable to make the Symposium’s General Session or Parent University. Fort Polk Progress is dedicated to raising awareness of The Vernon Parish School System’s success and proactively working with parents, the community, Fort Polk, and the school district to move our educational system from good to great.”

About the Symposium

The Education Symposium is part of a larger Education Initiative, a partnership among Fort Polk Progress, the Vernon Parish School District and Fort Polk to acknowledge the achievements of the Vernon Parish Schools and prepare for future educational challenges. Fort Polk Progress leads the way in the initiative.

Aside from keynote speaker Jamie Vollmer, other speakers at the General Session, set for 9-11:30 a.m. at the Bayou Theater, will include Brig. Gen. William Hickman, commanding general of Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center; Superintendent of Vernon Parish Schools Jackie Self; Paul Sawyer with Louisiana Economic Development; Kerry Laster with the Louisiana Department of Education; and representatives from the Rapides Foundation.

Topics of discussion will range from an explanation of the Education Initiative to the workforce and its ties to education; more information on Louisiana’s goals for LA4 and Common Core State Standards; how Vernon Parish schools compare nationally; and programs, opportunities, tools and technology available for Vernon Parish parents and students.

Fort Polk Progress will fund and give away 529 College Savings Plans to seven individuals and $1,000 to a Vernon Parish elementary and/or secondary school during the General Session.

Parent University will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Fort Polk Bayou Theater and Army Community Services (Building 920).

The evening session will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the Leesville High School Cafeteria to provide a recap of the Symposium to working parents.

All sessions are free and open to the public. No special passes will be required to enter Fort Polk. Only a driver’s license is needed to enter the installation, and signs will point the way for those in attendance.

To pre-register for the Education Symposium, click here.

To help spread the word, we’ve attached a flyer for the event here. We encourage you to print it for dissemination and/or to disseminate digitally. Fort Polk Progress encourages the general public to not only attend this very important event, but also to spread the word to others who may be interested.

Fort Polk Progress is a regional community organization that takes a proactive stance toward Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) by maintaining relationships and partnering with decision makers in Congress, at the Pentagon and at the state level, ensuring that the most up to date information concerning Fort Polk and the surrounding communities is used in decisions concerning the base. In addition, Fort Polk Progress actively markets the base to the military as the most cost effective place to provide soldiers with the best training possible and strives to help ensure the best possible quality of life for soldiers, civilians and their families.

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