Community partners join forces to support the children of military members
Military families are an integral piece of the fabric of Hillsborough County Public Schools and the community at large. HCPS is home to approximately 6,000 military-connected children and their families. These families come from all over the world, but all have one common thread, they serve our country.
Since 1952, Tinker has served children of military families in kindergarten through fifth grade stationed at MacDill Air Force Base. Tinker was expanded this year to include grades six through eight and to reduce the number of transitions for a military family. “It is very important to our district that we meet the unique needs of our military families,” shared Superintendent Jeff Eakins.
As the school expanded so did the need for technology in grades six through eight. Colonel Daniel Tulley, Commander, 6th Mobility Air Wing whose children attend Tinker K-8 knew there was a need for technology and knew that the students would benefit. Through his leadership and a partnership with the Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF), Col Tulley secured a donation that brought technology to Tinker K-8. The Armed Forces Family Foundation (AFFF) partnered with local Taco Bell restaurants to raise funds to support the children of military members.
The commitment of our community allowed the AFFF to present a $50,000 check to Superintendent Jeff Eakins and Tinker K-8 Principal Nancy Mooy in front of the entire student body, faculty, staff and parents. This donation provided funds for the purchase of an HP tablet for each Tinker K-8 sixth and seventh grade student to be used during the school day. “We are thankful for the support the Armed Forces Family Foundation has provided to our families and for allowing Tinker to grow,” said Superintendent Eakins. This partnership is a true example of the community and our district preparing Tinker K-8 students for life.View Full Album