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PBS Hawaii – HIKI NŌ Episode 104 | Aliamanu Intermediate School | Military Students

PBS Hawaii – HIKI NŌ Episode 104 | Aliamanu Intermediate School | Military Students


There are over forty military impacted schools
in Hawaii, with nearly fifteen thousand students identified as military dependents. Constantly adjusting to life in a new place
is a challenge for many of these students, who change
schools as many as seven times or more throughout their K to 12 years. At Aliamanu Middle
School’s Malama Transition Center, students are helped with making the adjustment to a
new state and a new school. Mrs. Shirley Ritchie
helps coordinate the Center. The first thing I do is greet the new parents,
new students. Take them in, make their ID cards,
sell them tee-shirts if they need to have tee-shirts. Although their experiences may vary, most
military dependent students find a way to get
through the transition. It was a little strange. Because, like, I
didn’t know anyone, and everyone had their little groups
and stuff. So, like, everyone was real good friends and everything. Well, I started to feel more comfortable,
like, a few weeks after, once I really got to know
people. I came at the beginning of this year. It’s
even better than it was at the beginning of the year,
because I’ve met more people. So it’s cool now. On the other hand, almost as many students
leave the school as there are entering. Deployment or other military assignments could come at
any time. Between July 15th and yesterday, I entered
a hundred and ninety students. And I’ve also happened to withdraw a hundred and ninety-one
students. So there’s a lot of movement. Picking up and moving can be difficult and
stressful. And like, we do not want to leave Hawaii.
It’s just, like … our home. We have to really depend
on each other, and if we don’t carry our own weight, like, there’s a lot of stress that
gets built up to it. But it’s also fun to stay here, so … can’t
have both ways. So it’s either stay in one place all your
life, or go see new things, and see new people. We’re really sad. LJ is a great part of our
class, and he’s very lively. He’s one of the best
students I’ve ever taught, actually. As we follow what’s happening with our troops
around the world, let’s not forget that their children face their own challenges at home,
and at school. This is Kylene Aggasid from Aliamanu Middle School, for Hiki Nō.


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