Liberty Middle School's S2S Members Visit Elementary School in Texas

    A friendship borne out of mutual affinity for military sacrifice and service to community forged an ongoing and unlikely relationship between two schools.

    For the fifth time a group of a dozen students from Liberty Middle School in Madison, Alabama are visiting Meadows Elementary School, a Killeen ISD school on Fort Cavazos.

    LMS S2S members with Meadows Elementary students

    The middle school students are interacting with their younger peers, reading and taking part in learning centers with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students and doing a book study, writing project and STEM-centered activities with older students.

    The Alabama students are all part of Student 2 Student, a service group affiliated with the Military Child Education Coalition that supports military-connected students and family members.

    The visiting students call themselves “Texabama.”

    They spent much of Wednesday morning in collaboration with fourth-graders on a book study and working to construct race tracks in the hallway.

    Using Hot Wheels track parts and cars, the students tried out different configurations to launch the tiny cars as far and fast as possible.

    The idea, said teacher Doyle Banks, was to build synergy among the students and together come up with innovate suggestions, not to simply follow a set of instructions.

    The Texas-Alabama connection began at an MCEC conference in 2015, when Meadows campus technologist Stephanie Young and Madison Middle School nurse Benita Turnstill met through their respective S2S groups.

    LMS S2S Members

     The pair started brainstorming and haven’t stopped.

     They have connected over robotics, service projects, reading and writing and sharing life.

      Now, middle school students in Madison, Alabama look forward to traveling to the middle of Texas to interact   with children of soldiers.

      They also visited an early childhood center in Temple ISD where they donated one of two Free Little Libraries and played some basketball with children. 

     (Excerpt from article on Meadows Elementary School's website by Todd Martin)


    Bob Jones Junior Selected to Attend Fall Term of the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program

    Jacob Sigler

    Jacob Sigler, a Junior at Bob Jones High School, was selected to attend the fall term of the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program at the United States Military Academy at WestPoint. 

    Those selected for the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program are outstanding students who are a member of their school’s MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S) Program and have completed the application and interview process.  Students attending will learn leadership skills to take back and teach their fellow S2S members to improve and sustain their local S2S program.  


    Liberty Middle School's S2S is the 2022-2023 Military Child Education Coalition Middle School Team of the Year and the recipient of the Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award

    To learn more about Liberty Middle's S2S Program and Madison City School's Purple Star Distinction, view the news articles below:

    Acceptance & Community: Liberty Middle's Student 2 Student Program Receives National Honors

    Madison City Schools receives Purple Star Distinction


    2022 National Finalists

    Discovery and Liberty Middle Schools were recognized as two of three national finalists for the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Student 2 Student (S2S) Outstanding Team Award at the MCEC Global Summit this Summer. 

    Congratulations to DMS and LMS – district standouts for providing new students a warm welcome.  Led by Nurse Tunstill and Mrs. Mingus at Liberty and Mrs. Baragona and Mrs. Wilson at Discovery, these S2S teams exemplify the five core values: leadership, academics, service, campus culture, and building relationships.  All our schools value the continued partnership with MCEC to provide support to all students.  Our community is honored by the recent national recognition and are so proud of Liberty and Discovery. 

    Discovery Middle School’s Video

    Liberty Middle School’s Video

    LMS S2S Photos

    LMS MCEC Global Summit photos