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Harry Potter is taking over Fallapalooza 2015! Join us Friday, October 23rd from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Colyer Forsyth Community Center for a fun-filled evening of all things Harry Potter. Stroll through the Community Center and marvel at its transformation into “Hogwarts School” and “Diagon Alley.” Enjoy Harry Potter themed games and treats, a magician, bouncers, music, caricature artists, and much more. Complimentary food and drinks will be available throughout the event.
This event is free and open to all Corvias Military Living residents. Costumes are encouraged. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please. The Colyer Forsyth Community Center is located at 22900 Hitching Post Road.
Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias Group, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year alone, Corvias Foundation has awarded 20 educational grants totaling $100,000 to the spouses of active-duty service members. Four of the spouses represented Fort Riley in Kansas.
- Sina Carwell is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Washburn University. Her husband is Sgt. 1st Class James T. Carwell of the U.S. Army.
- Alyssa Jackson is pursuing a master’s degree in international affairs from Kansas State University. Her husband is 1st Lt. Philip Jackson of the U.S. Army.
- Queenter Ochanda is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Washburn University. Her husband is Spc. Murry Lewis II of the U.S. Army.
- Shametra Stoxstill is a sophomore pursing an associate’s degree in liberal studies at Barton County Community College. Her husband is Spc. DeAndre Stoxstill of the U.S. Army.
“Each of these women should be commended for their determination to better prepare themselves to achieve their professional goals,” said Maria Montalvo, Foundation Executive Director. “We’re so glad to be able to offer them financial assistance and, more importantly, a support network to be there for them on this journey.”
Since its founding by Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, the Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in educational grants and scholarships to the spouses and kids of active-duty service members.
“Corvias’ commitment to improving the quality of life for service members and their families extends well beyond housing,” said John Picerne, Foundation Founder. “Education is one of the best ways anyone can improve his or her life and we’re honored to help these 20 spouses pursue these dreams without the burden of debt.”
This year’s recipients are stationed at seven Army and Air Force installations across the United States.
Fort Bragg, NC
- Dalya Alagele is pursuing a master’s degree in science education at Fayetteville State University, as she works toward becoming a dentist. Her husband is Spc. Ali Alsaeedy of the U.S. Army.
- Kaleena Cook, a junior attending Ashford University, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her husband is 1st Sgt. James Cook of the U.S. Army.
- Sherryl Esplana, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Her husband is Spc. Christopher Trimmer of the U.S. Army.
- LaVida Frieson is a freshman pursuing a certificate in Cosmetology from Paul Mitchell. Her husband is Staff Sgt. Darnell Frieson of the U.S. Army.
- Bobbe Garcia is studying art education as a junior at Fayetteville State University. Her husband is Spc. Daniel Garcia of the U.S. Army.
- Amanda Hunnicutt is working on her associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Her husband is Spc. Kyle Hunnicutt.
- Kierin Johnson is pursuing an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Her husband is Sgt. Justin Borquez of the U.S. Army.
- Malori Mayor is a sophomore at Fayetteville State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Her husband is Capt. Mark E. Mayor of the U.S. Army.
- Linda Persaud is pursuing a certificate of office management from Allied American University. Her husband is Sgt. Jorrel Persaud of the U.S. Army.
Fort Polk, LA
- Katlynn Dillon is a junior pursing a bachelor’s degree in social work from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Her husband is Sgt. Shamarcus D. Dillon of the U.S. Army.
- Carolette Wright, also of Fort Polk, is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University. Her husband is Pvt. Linsford Wright of the U.S. Army.
Fort Rucker, AL
- Heather Palmer is a freshman at George C. Wallace Community College pursuing an associate’s degree in nursing. Her husband is Pfc. Charles J. Cogswell II of the U.S. Army.
Eglin Air Force Base, FL
- Destiny Leggett is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Northwest Florida State College. Her husband is Staff Sgt. Robert Leggett of the U.S. Air Force.
Hurlburt Field, FL
- Diana Jusino is a freshman pursing an associate’s degree in aeronautics at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Her husband is Senior Airman Hector De Leon Guzman of the U.S. Air Force.
McConnell AFB, KS
- Rose Caceres is a senior pursing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Wichita State University. Her husband is 1st Lt. Nelson B. Caceres of the U.S. Air Force.
- Katherine Jensen, also of McConnel Air Force Base, is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wichita State University. Her husband is Airman 1st Class Blake Jensen of the U.S. Air Force.
About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of the Corvias Group, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families, and our employees to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteering opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service of their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. Online scholarship applications are available each November at www.corviasfoundation.org or call 401-228-2836 for more information.
Our lawn care service provider will be applying a liquid weed control treatment to lawns in October, as weather conditions allow. Check your Community Calendar to see when your home will be treated.
Treatment areas will include the front and side yards of all homes as well as community entry areas. To make the application process as efficient as possible, we ask that you please remove all personal items from your front and side yard turf areas. Following the application, please allow approximately 30 minutes for the treatment to dry before allowing children and pets on the treated areas. The treatment application is not harmful to your family or pets. The drying period will heighten the effectiveness of the treatment and help you avoid tracking the material into your home. The product labels and material safety data sheets will be available at your Community Office for further information on the products used.
Trick-or-Treating on post is Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it is also an important time to be vigilant for safety hazards. Some tips to make Halloween safe include:
- Costumes should be short enough so they don't cause your child to trip and fall
- Add some reflective tape to the costume or bag your child is using to carry candy, or choose a costume made of bright material that is visible in the dark
- Masks should fit securely and allow your child to see well
- If using face paint, make sure it is nontoxic and hypoallergenic
- Children should be well supervised by an adult when trick-or-treating
- Carry a flashlight
- Follow rules of the road
- Stick to the sidewalk.
- You should prepare your home for trick-or-treaters by removing obstacles
- Provide treats that are individually wrapped
- Artificial lights and candles are a safer alternative to real candles with a flame that can pose a fire hazard when lighting a Jack-O-Lantern
Fall is officially here and it is the time of year to prepare for winter. Some checks around the house now can help you from shivering in surprise if the weather turns cold. As the days start to cool off turn your heater on to make sure it is working properly. To test your heater open several windows, turn the thermostat to auto and heat. Set the temperature at 80 degrees. Let the heat run for 15 minutes. A burning or dusty smell is normal for a heater that has not been used for a period of time. Once complete, turn your heater off.
Once the smell has dissipated, 15 minutes or more, close your windows and return your system to a comfortable setting. If you are having any issues please contact your Community Office to schedule a work order.
Changing your air filter regularly is important. It helps keep the air in your home clean. In the spring and fall more allergens are released, so changing your filter can help you and your family breathe easier. Air filters are available at no charge through your Community Office.
Knowing what resources are available is essential to navigating military life. Community resources and support can help military families develop skills to become resilient and cope with challenging situations.
Reaching out to community resources for assistance can:
- Give you the ability to make realistic plans for you and your family and take the steps necessary to follow through with them.
- Give you a positive self-concept and confidence in your strengths and abilities.
- Help you develop communication and problem-solving skills.
- Help you manage negative impulses and feelings in a positive way.
Wellness resources for the military community:
- Friends and Family – stay connected to family and friends. Build a support network through your Family Readiness Group, parenting support groups or other organizations on post.
- Military OneSource– is a one-stop shop, with an array of information on topics to include deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more. Military OneSource offers confidential non-medical counseling services online, by telephone or face to face.
- Army Community Service - (785) 239-9435
- Soldier and Family Assistance Center - (785) 239-8430
If you need assistance connecting to wellness resources contact your Resident Relations Manager.
Switch to LED (light emitting diode) holiday lights! LED holiday lights use about 90 percent less energy than traditional mini lights.