About 70 high school seniors learned there was more to life after graduation than a change of address at the second U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern senior transition fair March 15 at Kaiserslautern American High School.
â€œThey gave out some important information thatâ€™s going to help me in the next four years,â€? said Bianca Gerena, 18, a KAHS senior who will attend college next year. â€œI now know what I have to do in the future to be successful.â€?
Themed, â€œOut and About in the Real World,â€? the fair showcased 12 stations arming students with information ranging from how to file a TRICARE claim to finding a stateside church.
â€œThese are people who are making the first major transition of their lives, and theyâ€™ve got some major thinking to do,â€? said Gale Stewart, USAGK education services specialist, who explained possible educational benefits and opportunities. â€œSo, Iâ€™m in the business of getting them to start thinking about themselves âˆ’ what they want or donâ€™t want in their lives.â€?
***image1***High school students asked for a transition fair at the garrisonâ€™s 2004 Army Family Action Plan Conference, an Army-wide program that gives all members of the Army team a chance to voice concerns and raise issues to Army leadership.
Last year, it became a reality under the leadership of the garrisonâ€™s school liaison officer and Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Services counselors along with support from KAHS and community officials.
It was determined that the best time to get a lot of information to seniors at once was during the week of the TerraNova (standardized testing), said Lynn Rice, the USAGK school liaison officer, who was again co-hosting the transition fair.
Mrs. Rice said the fair has been such a success for seniors that there has been talk between the sponsors to possibly expand it for other grades in the future.