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On August 28 , Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads will launch its fourth annual "Servicing our Schools" (SOS) Initiative. Last year, over 180 service members from various military commands supported 13 elementary schools in the city of Chesapeake.

“To ensure it is a success, we need your support,” said Tiffany Johnson, School Liaison Officer (SLO) for NSA Hampton Roads and organizer of the "Servicing Our Schools" Initiative. “For 2019, our goal is to double the number of schools we are able to support.”

The event is designed to help Chesapeake Public School teachers and staff prepare their classrooms for the upcoming school year. We are asking service men and women to assist teachers with various tasks (e.g. organize classrooms, assist with bulletin boards, deliver textbooks, etc.). All assignments will occur inside the building.

“The assistance our service men and women provides continues to strengthen the relationship between the military and the schools and shows educators the military supports what they do for all children, not just military-connected students,” said Johnson. “For the past 3 years, administrators and teachers have been extremely complimentary and very appreciative to have the extra set of hands.” Johnson mentioned that school requests to have the service members return this year are already pouring in.

A group of 10 to 15 service members per command will be assigned to support one of the 28 elementary schools. If you would like your Command/Unit to participate, e-mail the NSA Hampton Roads SLO directly at tiffany.n.johnson@navy.mil ASAP but no later than Wednesday, 14 August 2019. Your command will be assigned a school at that time. All participants will receive a Certificate of Appreciation following the event.

“After a year as Superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools, I’d have to say one of the things I’m most proud of is our military partnerships,” said Dr. Jared Cotton, Chesapeake Public Schools Superintendent. “I take our responsibility to our military families and community very seriously, and my staff and I are always looking for ways to better serve our military-connected students, but what has been so great about this partnership is that it truly is two-way. As much as we strive to provide resources and opportunities to military families, I quickly realized that area military installations, including NAS Oceana, are giving back to us just as much. Whether it is the Servicing Our Schools Initiative where our military members are volunteering to help our teachers get ready for a new year, or at the STEM Lab where I see students get excited about the potential to work in technology related fields or even develop a desire to serve our country, I’m so proud of this strong partnership and am looking forward to its continued growth.”

For more information, contact the NSA Hampton Roads School Liaison Officer, Tiffany Johnson, at 757-921-5876 or tiffany.n.johnson@navy.mil

Who: Service Members (all branches)

What: "Servicing Our Schools" (SOS) Initiative (opportunity to assist teachers with classroom preparations for the upcoming school year)

When: Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Time: 0900-1200

Where: Elementary Schools in Chesapeake

Why: To show educators we support the important work they do each day

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