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Aug 27, 2018 10:42:53 AM

What is Operation Hero? Program Manager Austin Bowling explains.

 Lawton, OK -- 



  • What is Operation Hero?

Well we’re pretty excited about this program. Operation Hero right now is catered towards 2nd through 5th grade at Freedom. Obviously in the future we hope to see this expand to other elementary schools here in Lawton, or up into the middle school. This program nationally goes all the way up to 8th grade so we hope to see that continue to grow. This is going to be focused more towards at-risk military youth, so any student that’s having a difficult time with self-doubt, low self-esteem, any behavioral issues, or just low grades that may come from a parent being deployed or adjusting to a new base.


  • Why is this needed in our community?

Counselors are available at school, but many times students are only able to meet with them a handful of times a year and for only a short period of time during the school day.  Operation Hero allows for more of these students to be reached and more often.  It also gives these students a network of other students that are going through similar situations to them. 


  • How are children selected for the program?

For the last two weeks, teachers and counselors at Freedom have been observing their classrooms for students who have been showing signs of low self-esteem or behavioral issue and could benefit from the program.  Parents can also make a referral if they feel their child could benefit.


  • What will these children learn?

Each of the ten weeks will be focused on a specific character lesson ranging from respect to responsibility and teamwork.  We'll use different activities and games to help convey the lesson.  In our second hour, our certified staff will provide homework assistance and tutoring.


  • Where will it be held?

Our fall session will be held at the Corvias Southern Plains Neighborhood Center, just up the road from Freedom Elementary. Kids will be walked up to the center by our certified staff.


  • How much does it cost?

That's probably the best part.  It's completely free!


  • How can I get my child involved?

You can either call our center at (580) 355-5520, email me at or follow the link here.  The session starts September 4th, the first Tuesday of the month. The program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15pm – 6:15pm. Registration closes September 13th.

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