Helping Fort Drum Children Transition Into Schools

Helping Fort Drum Children Transition Into Schools

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More than 7,000 students are connected to Fort Drum in 18 local public school districts and four private. Matt Rogers serves as the school liaison officer on post and oversees any and all guidance to get students new to Fort Drum into schools.

"No two installations or school systems or states are the same, so knowing that transition from one school to the next is going to be smooth is very important for a family," said Rogers.

Rogers connects families with school registration and helps them settle into a new environment. One of the schools he works closely with is Evans Mills Primary.

"We want those families to be able to feel like this is home. This is a hub. This is where they're safe," said Pam Knight, Evans Mills Primary principal.

Knight says approximately 85 percent of the student body is military-related. But, she also says the transition for these incoming families is seamless.

"It's a very smooth transition. Families feel very welcome in Indian River and the primary buildings. We're very accustomed to having military here. It's just part of our world," she said.

As for Rogers, he says students feel at home from the get-go.

"Our school districts connected to Fort Drum do a phenomenal job at embracing transitioning military students and ensuring that they can start and feel part of their district on day one," he said.

Rogers also says the key to a successful education for military students begins with communication.

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