JVEF celebrates military-school partnership

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

USPACOM, DOE host annual meeting Aug. 28

Joint Venture Education Forum, News Release

The Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF) will hold its 13th annual meeting celebration 9-11 a.m., Aug. 28, at The Salvation Army-Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, with registration, displays, refreshments and
entertainment from 8-9 a.m.



The event is hosted by executive co-chairs Col. Jaimie Pease of U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and Kathryn Matayoshi, superintendent of the Hawaii State Department of Education.

The JVEF is a partnership between Hawaii’s military community, the Hawaii public schools and other community organizations.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono will be the guest speaker, and she will address JVEF’s theme, “Dedicated Partners in Education.”

Also, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver a special message video.
Men and women of the armed forces, educators and community members who have played a role in enhancing education in Hawaii public schools throughout the past year will be recognized.

Plus, two prestigious awards will be presented, the Outstanding Military Contributor and the Outstanding Civilian Contributor Commendation Awards.

More than 300 guests will attend, including senior military officials from the USPACOM, the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, Hawaii National Guard and Reserve commands, Hawaii’s national and state legislators, state education leaders, school faculty and personnel, and business and community leaders.

• Background
In 1998, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, in partnership with USPACOM commander Adm. Dennis Blair and former State Superintendent of Education Paul LeMahieu, initiated a cooperative effort to assist schools and military dependent students in Hawaii public schools.

The first meeting of the JVEF convened in June 1999 with 17 members representing senior leadership in the military and Hawaii public schools. Their charge was to develop a committed, empowered and involved partnership in pursuit of quality education.

The JVEF encourages military participation in Hawaii public schools through open dialogue on educational concerns:

1) that promote an understanding and support for the needs and transition issues of military children and families, and

2) that facilitate support for Hawaii’s public school students.

Since 2000, Hawaii public schools have benefited from the $58 million appropriated by the Department of Defense to fund programs and partnerships that promote quality education through teacher training, computers in the classrooms, facility upgrades and other initiatives.

• Registration
Guests wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Aug. 8. Call (808) 477-8161, or go online to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-jvef-annual-meeting-tickets-11731440053.

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