President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and the
Commandant of the Marine Corps have established and supported programs
designed to make our schools better through the involvement of teachers,
parents, and the community in the educational process. America
Goes Back to School is a nation-wide program sponsored
by the Department of Education, while the School Home Partnership
is aimed specifically at the Department
of Defense Education Activity schools on our bases.
children represent the future of our country, and their education
is a matter of the greatest concern in a free society. It is not
enough that we simply provide schools and hire teachers. Educating
our youth is a community responsibility that requires the involvement
not only of the schools, but of parents and other community members
as well, if it is to be successful. The programs that have been
established are not prescriptive, but encourage the cooperative
development of goals and methods within individual schools. That
cooperative development requires the active participation of all
our Marines, Sailors, and family members. Our Camp Lejeune community
overlaps with the local civilian community and as responsible citizens,
we must be involved with both our on-base and off-base schools.
that spirit of community involvement, it is the policy of all commands
in the Camp Lejeune area to fully support both America Goes Back
to School, and the School Home Partnership. Specifically, leaders
are authorized and encouraged to make reasonable time available
to Marines and Sailors participating in this partnership. Unit commanders
are encouraged to seek opportunities to bring the unique resources
of their commands to bear on the challenges facing our schools.
We must all seek ways to be part of the solution."
above was signed by the Commanding General of Camp Lejeune Marine
Corps Base, the Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force,
the Commanding General of 2d Marine Division, the Commanding General
of 2d Force Service Support Group, and the Commanding Officer of
Marine Corps Air Station New River.
Our Marines and Sailors spend a great deal of time in
the classrooms and both the students and the
military benefit greatly by our
America Going Back to School!