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Rutherford High School Student 2 Student Club Video
- Because I Said I Would

The students at Rutherford High School are making an impact on their school community through their MCEC Student 2 Student Program. The students reference the movement "Because I Said I Would" created by Alex Sheen. Check out the website at www.becauseisaidiwould.com.

Published on Sep 30, 2014
Rutherford High School is located in Panama City, Florida. Our club's focus was inspired
by Alex Sheen's presentation at the 2014 National Training Seminar this past July.
Click here to see the highlights.

S2S and JS2S Newsletters

Click here to view the September, 2014 Newsletter

The MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S) program trains civilian and military-connected high school students to establish and sustain peer-based programs in their schools to support mobile children as they transition to and from the school.

Click here to read Student 2 Student Defining Moments.

Building on this successful program, the MCEC Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S) program is for middle school students, addressing the needs of a vulnerable age group.

The Student 2 Student Initiative includes the high school Student 2 Student (S2S) and the middle school Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S)programs. Each meets very real transitioning student needs with:

  •     Immediate peer credibility
  •     Positive peer relationships
  •     Valued information about the school and the community

A delegation from the school is trained to return to their home campus to provide leadership to support students who are transitioning to or from their school. The team is composed of advisors and students. The focus is student-centered, and is student-led, with close supervision. The development of student trainers who can return to their home campus to train other peers is critical to the success and credibility of the program.

Three researched-based modules are used for this training:

  • Academics: (Requirements, Processes, Access) e.g., Test Assessments, Progress Reporting, Programs and Opportunities, Enrichment Support
  • Relationships: (Acceptance, Attributes, Friendships) e.g., Faculty/staff, Groups, Organizations, Peers, Local, On/off Campus
  • Finding the way: (Attention, Orientation, Appreciation) e.g., The Community, the Campus, the Culture, Rules/Policies, School Documents, Structures

The researched-based modules incorporate planning, technology, resources, goal setting, support systems, and elements of transitioning in and out of the campus. Through the training, the team develops well-prepared local lesson plans and clear team assignments for implementation at their home campuses.

Download the current S2S brochure.

Current List of Sites by State

Download a list of current Student 2 Student programs  (pdf)

Download a list of current Junior Student 2 Student programs  (pdf)

Military-Connected StudentsTeaching Educators
Video Competition

The following criteria was given to our S2S groups in October, 2013.

Selected student videos may be used as a teaching tool for educators
and reflect the needs and stressors of military-connected students.

Student selected from the list below:
•  What’s different about a military-connected student’s life?
•  Why are teachers important to a military-connected student?
•  How can a teacher mentor a military-connected student in the classroom and influence them for life?
•  How can a teacher effectively communicate with a military-connected student in the classroom?
•  How can a teacher motivate a military-connected student to become a teacher?

Top three winners, $1,000 each

New Tech High School

Prince George High School

Arundel High School

Fourth place winners, $500 each

Vicenza High School

"What's Different About a Military-Connected Student's Life?"

Goose Creek High School

Honorable Mentions

Stacey High School

Union Pines High School

Cibola High School

Steilacoom High School

E.J. King High School