Soldiers and their families had a chance to get at the head of the class at the Soldiers Development Center July 27 during the Family Resource Fair.

The Directorate of Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted the event, which was designed to highlight the many resources available to service members and their families around the Great Place. Representatives from various organizations were on hand to provide information about their programs and services.

“There’s nothing more important than, being able to contribute in a meaningful way to furthering the educational goals of our soldiers and their family members,” said Col. Chad R. Foster,  commander U.S. Army Garrison - Fort Hood. “Anytime we can bring together resources in a single place for the convince for those that we serve to answer questions and to publicize what’s available it’s a good day it’s well worth out time.”

College representatives, resource vendors and local school districts were all in attendance. This allowed the Service members and their families new to the area to learn about all the options available.

Frequent moves can make it hard to track what resources are available to military families. That’s why Jarrell Independent School District College and Career Coordinator Gina Taber said it’s essential to be a part of events like the Military Family Education Fair.

“We obviously have a lot of military families that are looking for the smaller school districts, generalize these right off of I-35, and we’re a smaller school district surrounded by a lot of bigger school districts,”  Taber explained. “And for those communities that are better local and those military families that are moving into town, it’s a great opportunity for those kids to kind of have that ‘smaller school district feeling.’

The event also included a variety of resource tables set up by local organizations, providing information on financial assistance and consulting family counseling, and more. Event coordinator Terri Jones said there is something at these fairs for every service member, rather they are single, married or have a family or just getting to Fort Hood over the summer because of a permanent change of station or they have been here for few years.

“We have a lot of soldiers who move into the area transition in over the summer, and they have questions about, ‘How do I register my children for school?,’” Jones said. “We also have several colleges, and the education department here in this building also assists with soldiers getting credentialed in the skills that they acquired through the military.”

Soldiers and families also learned about the many recreational activities available on Fort Hood, including sports leagues, fitness facilities and outdoor recreation areas.