Fort Polk Progress to give away college savings plans, $1,000 at symposium

The following is a news release from Fort Polk Progress:

LEESVILLE -- Fort Polk Progress has announced it will fund and give away 529 College Savings Plans to seven individuals and $1,000 to a Vernon Parish elementary and/or secondary school during the general session of the Education Symposium, set for 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 27 at the Bayou Theater at Fort Polk.
Each person who attends the general session will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of seven 529 College Savings Plans.
A 529 College Savings Plan is a tax-advantaged method of saving for future college expenses that is authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. The drawing will be held at the end of the session. Two of the 529 accounts will be funded with $500, while five of the accounts will be funded with $250. Winners must be present to claim their prize.
Fort Polk Progress will also reward the school with the highest level of participation in the session with $1,000. Symposium attendees should indicate their schools of choice by pre-registering for the general session at or by visiting the registration table on the day of the Symposium before 9 a.m.
"The Army has made it very clear that quality of education is an extremely important issue when it comes to force structure decisions," said Fort Polk Progress Chairman Michael Reese. "Fort Polk Progress wants to make it equally clear that we stand united with our students, parents and educators to create one of the best school systems in the nation."

About the Education Initiative
The foundation for the Education Initiative began in 2007 with the Louisiana Communities and Military Partnership Summit and Visions for Vernon Strategic Plan.
The Education Initiative was formed with three goals:
1. To improve school performance - move Vernon Parish Schools from Good to Great
2. To educate parents about the state of Louisiana's decision to adopt the Common Core State Standards and how they can support their children
3. To benchmark Vernon Parish Schools against the national average and against schools supporting major Army installations.
Fort Polk Progress leads the Initiative, which is a partnership effort made up of stakeholders representing the military, the school district and higher education. The Initiative is further supported by education experts at the local, state, and national levels.

About the Symposium
Topics include:

Education Rankings: How Vernon Parish Schools compare nationally?
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Tools and Technology Available to Support Teachers, Parents and Students
Draft Action Plan to elevate Vernon Parish Schools from Good to Great!

Keynote speaker for the General Session is Jamie Vollmer, author of "Schools Cannot Do It Alone."  

An afternoon Parent University will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Fort Polk Warrior Community Activity Center (WCAC). Sessions will include:
Common Core State Standards,
Parent-Teacher-School Communication and Engagement,
College and Career Readiness
Review and parent input into the Draft Education Initiative Action Plan.

An evening session at a location to be announced will be held from 6-7 p.m. to provide a recap of the Symposium to working parents.
No special passes will be required to enter Fort Polk. Only a driver's license is needed to enter the installation, and signs will point the way for those in attendance.
To pre-register for the Education Symposium visit
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