Hundreds of military families got a sneak peek of what EPISD campuses offer at the Fort Bliss Education Fair at the Centennial Club.
Twenty-four EPISD campuses and nine departments participated in the annual fair along with other area school districts and private schools. Campuses decorated their tables, displaying memorabilia and fliers to give parents a glimpse of what the campus offers.
“It is a one stop shop,” said Lt. Col. Paul Stewart, executive officer of the Fort Bliss Garrison Command. Military families “have the the ability to come out and talk to representatives of the schools so they can fit the schools with the type of education they are looking for their children.”
Joy Wheaton, a Military Family Liaison at Powell Elementary, looks forward to the fair every year and helping new parents who are transitioning into EPISD campuses.
“It is a great place to come to find out all the information you want about all different programs and schools out there,” she said. “You do not have to call around or do a lot of leg work. Most of the schools are here so you can get what you need as you are getting your children ready for the school year.”
Parents navigated between rows of tables featuring campuses with a high concentration of military families, and other tables offering assistance with special education, transportation, counseling, gifted and talented and registration.
“At the other bases we been to, I have had to figure it out on my own,” said Holly Schwartz, a mom of three children enrolling at Bliss Elementary. “This is pretty nice because they have guided me to all the tables I need to go to and I know what I need to do now.”