Military Kids and Families: Day of Service and Remembrance

Name of Organization: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Type of Organization: State Education Agency

Employer Identification Number (EIN): 916001112

Primary Contact: Beth Kelly

Program Supervisor, Learn & Serve America

PO Box 47200

Olympia, WA 98504-7200

P:360.725.6104

F:360.586.3305

Purpose

In remembrance of tragedies that occurred on September 11, 2001, service and remembrance activities held on the 10 year anniversary will provide a meaningful and respectful way to honor those who perished. This grant will assist in the mobilization of Americans to observe “A Day of Service and Remembrance” and renew a sense of compassion and unity while helping Washingtonians meet the challenges we face today here in our state.

 

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) proposes to partner with the   Washington State University 4-H Youth Development Program and Washington State: Operation Military Kids to engage veterans and military families and communities in service and remembrance activities.

Project Description

OSPI will partner with Operation: Military Kids (OMK), a program providing ongoing community support for the children of service members in the National Guard and the Army Reserves. When families such as these live in civilian communities and have a parent deployed, additional supports are needed but are often inadequate or unavailable. Special challenges occur pre-deployment and post-deployment as well, and OMK assists throughout these transitions.

The organizations represented in Washington OMK are: Washington State University 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, The Washington National Guard, The Army Reserves, The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

By using this existing systems and networks, OSPI will promote the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance and will recruit volunteers. Diverse audiences of educators, community members and military families will provide service around issues facing youth and families during the deployment cycle.  Military youth and families will connect with support services by linking them to existing community resources such as 4-H.

By collaborating with Operation Military Kids, the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment, we are able to target children of military families and engage them in honoring those who died and those who have served because of the tragedies of 9/11, in service activities, reflection and remembrance.

Activities/Methodology

The Day of Service and Remembrance will be used to increase student civic engagement and to provide, support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged people, especially children of military families in grades K-12.

 

Activities will include:

  • The development  and implementation of service and/or service-learning activities;
  • Honoring the sacrifice of those lost and pay tribute to those who rose in service to the tragedy; and
  • The formation of connections and learn about ways to serve beyond the Day of Service and Remembrance.

The service activity will address authentic local community needs and/or challenges and commemorate the losses on September 11, 2001 and honor the service and sacrifices of those who have responded since that day. Student voice will be emphasized in the program planning, training, supervising, developing, and recognition of participant efforts. The main venue for service activities will take place at the Puyallup Fair, in Puyallup, WA. The Puyallup Fair (officially known as the Western Washington Fair) is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington.  The Fair continually ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the world.  Situated south of Seattle and east of Tacoma, Puyallup and the surrounding area are home to military bases and many military families.

 

Names of All Organizations Involved in the Service Activity

Partners will include the, 4-H Youth Development Program at Washington State University Puyallup, Operation Military Kids, Washington Commission for National and Community Service, and OSPI’s Student Assistance Prevention-Intervention Services Program and Learn and Serve America Program.

 

Capacity-Building

This population has been underrepresented in Washington State’s Learn and Serve programs. By forming new partnerships and providing directed efforts at engaging this population, OSPI will have taken the first critical action necessary to cultivate and expand service-learning opportunities for these students and communities with military facilities within Washington State.

 

Expected Outcomes/Impact for Volunteers

Participants engaging in community service or service-learning activities will show improved attitudes about civic engagement and their ability to come together within a community to serve together to solve local problems. Students will engage with their local communities for the event. As a result, participants will feel a renewed sense of compassion, unity and engagement as citizens.

Number of Volunteers Expected

Over the course of year one, approximately 600 students and adult volunteers are expected to participate.

 

Promotion of the Day of Service and Remembrance

Multiple methods will be used to promote this opportunity. Partners will provide information to targeted populations. Social media, web postings, and connecting with local media will aid in the promotion of this special day.

 

Volunteer Tracking and Documentation

The tracking and documentation of the number of volunteers who served in this project is sensitive as the target participants are students, and student data is confidential. Instead of collecting students’ names and contact information, the host organizations will have an adult assigned to count and verify the number of students. Adult volunteers will complete a sign-in sheet which contains their contact information and signature. The totals will be collected by OSPI and reported to CNCS no later than September 14, 2011.