Kiwanis Club

Michael Gravens, communications director of the Military Child Education Coalition, speaks at the Kiwanis Club meeting Jan. 28.

Michael Gravens, communications director of the Military Child Education Coalition, was the guest speaker Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club.

MCEC’s mission is to ensure inclusive, quality educational experiences for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.

Between 45 and 50 people work full-time at the MCEC office at 909 Mountain Circle in Harker Heights. An additional 15-20 work for MCEC across the nation and overseas, and about 120 people work part time.

“We serve 4 million military-connected kids,” Gravens said. “About 2 million are from a family where at least one parent is active military. The other 2 million are children of post-9/11 veterans.”

MCEC helps military-connected students thrive and succeed and become college, career and life-ready. The organization also empowers military parents to be informed, proactive supporters and helps education professionals gain the knowledge and skills needed to identify and respond appropriately to children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces, Gravens said.

“My own two sons changed schools 14 times during the course of my military career,” he said. “We’ve had programs in place in almost 800 middle and high schools across the country created by MCEC that are student-to-student.”

Gravens said a similar student-to-student program is also available in elementary schools.

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