Celebrate the end of summer and prepare for the upcoming school year at MWR’s Back 2 School Splash on August 11 at the Outdoor Pool and Sea Otter Pavilion. Participants will enjoy a pool party, music, food, and fun from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Families will also get the opportunity to learn about the available academic, social, and behavioral resources available for military children. The whole event is free and available to all school age children and families of military members.

“The Back 2 School Splash has become a Mayport tradition,” said Sharon Kasica, School Liaison Officer (SLO) for Naval Station Mayport.

The event features two parts, a pool party and a resource fair. The pool party is a crowd favorite, with extended hours in the evening. Educational information will be available at the resource fair, next to the pool at the Sea Otter Pavilion. The event is a great opportunity to get families ready for school and to share information about the resources available both on and off base. 

“Families might not be aware of the scope of services that are available to them,” Kasica explained. 

The SLO provides information on services for military children and offers a link between the military, the local school system, and parents. Families can receive information about home-schooling, tutoring, special needs, and transitioning to a new school system. In fact, Duval County Public Schools will be represented by the following schools at the Back 2 School Splash:

•Finegan Elementary

•Mayport Elementary

•Jax Beach Elementary

•Oceanway Elementary

•Mayport Middle

•Fletcher High

MWR Mayport Child and Youth Programs will also be available to answer questions and provide information. Families can learn about the childcare options available through MWR, as well as information on Youth Sports. Other organizations that will be involved in the event include the American Red Cross, Blue Star Families, Guidance/ESE/School Choice, the Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC), Military OneSource, Military Family Life Counselors, the USO, Florida Virtual Schools, and the Jacksonville Public Library.

“I am happy to help assist military families stationed at Naval Station Mayport,” Kasica stated, ”because Military children serve too and sacrifice more than many people realize.”

The Back 2 School Splash is organized by the SLO and MWR Mayport. Throughout the year the SLO provides resources to help families maximize educational opportunities to help ensure the academic success of military children. For more information go to www.navymwrmayport.com, follow us on Facebook, and download our mobile app.