Love where you live!
LA MESA -- You are a young student. You Dad is a military man and he's deployed in Afghanistan.
You live with your Mom in a new city and you attend a school you hadn't even heard of a few months before.
You can feel alone.
"It's tough on military kids and their families,'' said Tammy Bailey, the school social worker at La Mesa Dale Elementary School. "A lot of these kids have attachment issues and we just want to give them a safe place to learn that they are not alone.''
On Thursday evening, Bailey and her colleague, Linda Ketterer, kept the school open and created an evening of fun and support for the school's many military families.
The kids were entertained by the snow-like foam of Dr. Bonner's Interblastive Foam Experience while the parents had a few moments to talk with representatives of organizations that help support military families facing the strains of long deployments and frequent family moves.
The Boys and Girls Club was there along with representatives of The Fleet and Family Support Center.
Ketterer represented a small Prevention Early Intervention program that works at La Mesa Dale and Spring Valley's Avondale schools to identify and try and combat the special problems faced by children who face the additional challenges of an absent parent or frequent adjustments to new schools.
Ketterer moves easily among the children and parents, repeating her phone number like a mantra -- 619-816-0628 -- hoping families will feel free to call her as a first contact when challenges arise.
There were U.S. flags waving in the school yard to remind these families of the community's support for their efforts, but it was the foam (see video below) that really won the evening for the children.