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AER Campaign exceeds initial goal by 40 percent Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
AER officials celebrate after reaching the first goal in the AER campaign. Ultimatly the campaign resulted in meeting a record total of $175,345 raised.
By Derek Gean
Assistant editor
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Fort Leonard Wood’s Army Emergency Relief Campaign ended June 16 with a record-setting year, blasting through two campaign goals to raise $175,345.

The original goal for the campaign, beginning in early March, was $125,000 but donors met that goal on May 2, which prompted AER officials to set a new goal of $175,000. According to Capt. Luke Grieder and Staff Sgt. Titi Kaisa, campaign staff, the total surpassed the original goal by more than 40 percent.

This is the first time in recent years that the installation has not only met the initial goal, but exceeded it. Chuck Matthews, AER officer, said campaign staff worked to make sure every training company on the installation received an AER briefing.

“Capt. Grieder and I were willing to make presentations after normal hours and on weekends, when it was more convenient for the companies to have time for the AER presentations. He and I briefed more than 25 companies on nights and weekends over an 8-week period,” Matthews said.

Matthews said the pair emphasized what AER can do for Soldiers and their Families when in need, with real-life examples of what AER has done over the years.

“We downplayed the asking for money, and played up what AER does, and how Soldiers help each other through AER,” Matthews said.

In 2016, Fort Leonard Wood’s AER provided $583,753 in loans and grants to 456 local Soldiers and retirees, and AER headquarters provided $145,995 in scholarships to 61 Fort Leonard Wood spouses and dependent children, Matthews said.

AER provides emergency financial assistance to Soldiers, retirees and Family members. AER funds can be used for things such as emergency travel, convalescent leave, mortgage or rent payment assistance, utility, food and fuel help, vehicle payment or emergency repairs, minor home repairs and more, Matthews said.

AER began in 1942 and is the Army’s emergency financial assistance organization. Since its beginning, the program has provided more than $1.7 billion to Soldiers and their Families in the forms of loans, grants and scholarships.

AER educational scholarships are awarded through two  programs, the MG James  Ursano Scholarship Program  for dependent children, and the AER Spouse Scholarship Program for spouses.

 In 2016 AER provided 4,245 scholarships worth $9.1 million, Mathews said.  

“The scholarships are awarded based on financial need and are awarded annually for up to four academic years to attend post-secondary school full time as undergraduate level students,” Matthews said.

AER officials are scheduled to present a ceremonial check to Col. Tracy Lanier, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Orvis, USAG Fort Leonard  Wood command sergeant major, July 7 at the Army Community Service Center.

For more information on donating to AER, contact Grieder or Kaisa at 573.596.0131, ext. 62600. To request emergency assistance, contact Matthews at 573.596.0131, ext. 60212.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 July 2017 )
Soldiers invest in future leaders Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Special to GUIDON

Soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the Religious Support Office worked to help teach leadership skills to a group of 30 Waynesville Middle School students June 5 through 16.

Seven VISTA Summer Associates led the students in a leadership development program known as Tiger Leadership Camp.

Students were split into groups and challenged to complete urban orienteering and a team development/confidence course with the assistance of Soldiers from the NCOA. The RSO also participated in developing team building by providing a fun hands-on learning experience through games and group activities.
Waynesville Middle School students navigate the Confidence Course with the assistance of NCOA Soldiers during Tiger Leadership Camp June 5 through 16. Members of the Religious Support Office also helped coordinate activities for the students.

Students performed a variety of team-building activities, developed leadership tactics and resiliency styles, while learning about themselves through personal-development assessments.

Students performed community service at East Elementary, where they worked with elementary school students to paint character words on rocks, and then, placed them in community areas for local citizens to find.

“The Leadership Camp is one of the  most awesome experiences we offer during summer school at WMDS,” said Michele  Sumter, Waynesville Middle School  principal.

“Students are taught to lead by example, be reflective and work as a team,” she added.

Tiger Leadership Camp was coordinated by WMDS staff and AmeriCorps VISTA members working in partnership with volunteers and community agencies. 
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 July 2017 )
ACS to launch new round of Family advocacy classes Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
By Derek Gean
Assistant editor
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The Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program is scheduled to kick off a new round of Family advocacy classes in July.  

Shawn Steen, FAP manager, said ACS offers the programs to “promote and sustain healthy military Families.”

“ACS provides programs that improve Family functioning, easing the kinds of stress that can aggravate or trigger patterns of negative behavior that could lead to different forms of abuse or neglect,” Steen said.
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Upcoming classes include Baby Bundles of Joy, ScreamFree Parenting and Anger Management. Steen said the classes help Families devise strategies to cope with the “unique” challenges military Families face.

“(The classes) provide tools to enhance parent to child nurturing and attachment, parental resilience and social connections. Families who understand child development and establish secure attachment are more likely to be healthy, happy and well adjusted,” Steen said.

Bundles of Joy
Bundles of Joy kicks off from 2 to 4 p.m. July 10, meeting weekly for six weeks at Army Community Service, Building 486. This class’s purpose is to help prepare expectant parents, especially first-time parents, for their baby.

Bundles is open to any military-connected, expectant parents, and both mothers and fathers are encouraged to attend, said Jane Bruns, ACS New Parent Support social worker.

During the program, parents will learn about budgeting for their Family, breast feeding, safe sleep, infant massage, car seat safety, child care, prevention of shaken baby syndrome and sudden infant death syndrome, caring for a newborn, community resources, swaddling and soothing techniques and more.

“Babies don’t come with owner’s manuals or a set of instructions, so this is an opportunity to prepare themselves for the arrival of their baby,” Bruns said.  

“Even if this isn’t their first child, it is helpful to gather more ‘tools in their toolbox’ as each pregnancy, labor and delivery and child is different. It’s also helpful to have conversations with other expectant parents and learn from their experiences,” she added.

Bruns said even if parents cannot attend all classes, she encourages them to attend the ones they can.

“If they have the baby before the end, they are encouraged to come with the baby for the final classes.  

“We also always request they come by ACS after the baby arrives so we can meet their new bundle of joy,” Bruns said.

ACS requests participants register for the class at least two days prior to the session. To register, visit the ACS center or call 573.596.0131, ext. 60212.

ScreamFree Parenting
ScreamFree Parenting is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. July 10 at the ACS center. This six-week course is designed to “help parents learn to relate with others in a calm, cool, connected way, taking hold of an individual’s emotional responses no matter how anyone else chooses to behave,” Steen said.

This free class is open to service members and Family members.

ACS requests participants register for the class a week prior to the first session. To register, visit the ACS Center or call 573.596.0131, ext. 60212.

Anger Management
Anger Management Classes are scheduled from 1 to 3:30 p.m. beginning July 12. This four-week class is designed to teach healthy methods to express anger, how relationships are affected by anger and how to relieve stress.

“(They) help participants define anger, identify anger triggers and recognize the impact of anger in their lives. Through understanding and personal accountability, participants can develop effective anger management techniques.” Steen said.

Anger Management is open to service members, Family members and Department of Defense civilians.

ACS requests participants register for the class a week prior to the first session. To register, visit the ACS Center or call 573.596.0131, ext. 60212.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 July 2017 )
Vacation Bible School plans made, volunteers needed Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
By Derek Gean
Assistant editor
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Registration is now  underway for Fort Leonard Wood’s Vacation Bible School hosted by the Religious Support Office.

This year’s VBS is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 24 through 28 at the Main Post Chapel. According to Cindy Dack, director of religious education, this year the installation will host one evening VBS, rather than separate Catholic and Protestant events.

This year’s theme is “Maker Fun Factory,” and there will be classes for all ages — both children and adults. A nursery will be provided for those younger than age 3.

The evening will begin with dinner and then participants will learn more about the Bible through experiments, games, music and “adventures,” Dack said.

“We hope to provide a week’s worth of learning and growing,” Dack said. “By sharing in a time of fellowship and learning together, we become a stronger and more cohesive community.”

Dack said volunteers are welcome. Those interested in volunteering can visit Dack at the Main Post Chapel to complete a background check.

To register, or for more information, contact Dack at 573.596.0131, ext. 60089 or visit online.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 July 2017 )
Waynesville finalizes key enrollment dates for upcoming school term Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Waynesville R-VI School District

New student enrollment dates are as follows:

— July 27, 28 and 31 for students in grades 9 through 12. Registration will be at Waynesville High School for these grades only. July 27 is recommended for 9th & 12th grade students. July 28 is recommended for 9th and 11th grade students. July 31 is recommended for 9th and 10th grade students.

— Aug. 2, 3 and 4 for elementary (K-5), 6th grade (6th Grade Center) and middle school (7th and 8th at Waynesville Middle School) students. Parents should go to their child’s school to register. For elementary school attendance areas, go to 20Enrollment%20Information.pdf.

New students to the Waynesville R-VI School District may pre-enroll online by clicking on the “Online Enrollment” link across the top of the district’s main webpage at

New students may pre-register for the 2017-18 school year by following the steps on the webpage.
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All children from the same Family should register under one login account.

This new online enrollment application saves time and paperwork, but it does not completely replace the need to go to the building to complete the registration process.

After completing the online application, the student’s birth certificate (kindergarten and 1st grade), immunization record and previous school records, along with all other required documents as stated on the District Enrollment Information Brochure, will need to be taken to the school by the parent/guardian to complete the enrollment process.

When you provide the needed documents to the school, make the school aware you have completed the enrollment application online.

If your student was enrolled in the Waynesville R-VI School District during the 2016-17 School Year and will be returning in the fall, your child will automatically be enrolled for the next school year.

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Freshman Transition Day (9th graders) and New Student Day (10th - 12th graders) will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Waynesville High School.

Freshmen and new students will tour the school, meet their mentors, participate in fun activities, etc.

Limited bus routes will be provided for freshmen and new students on Aug. 8, so they may attend the transition day.

Parents of freshmen and new high school students are invited to a parent breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. that same day at the high school.

More information will be issued closer to the actual date.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 July 2017 )
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