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April is Recognized as Month of the Military Child~A Time to Honor, Show Appreciation, and Celebrate our Military Children.

1 April 2020 by

APRIL IS DESIGNATED THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD

~A MONTH TO HONOR & CELEBRATE THE SACRIFICES, RESILIENCE AND COURAGE OF OUR MILITARY KIDDOS~

This year will be different than years past with social distancing and virtual learning.  But, we can still celebrate our brave and resilient military kids.  Learn more about Month of the Military Child below. 

History of Month of the Military Child

(Via U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity)

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

The Month of the Military Child is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He established the Defense Department commemoration in 1986.

DoDEA joins the Department of Defense and the military community in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child. In DoDEA communities around the world, our most essential strategic imperatives are: establishing an educational system that progressively builds the college and career readiness of all DoDEA students; and establishing the organizational capacity to operate more effectively and efficiently as a model, unified school system. We aim to challenge each student to maximize his or her potential and to excel academically, socially, emotionally and physically for life, college and career readiness.

In years past, throughout the month, DoDEA encourages schools to plan special events to honor military children and have administrators and principals incorporate the themes of this month into their every day duties and responsibilities. These efforts and special events will stress the importance of providing children with quality services and support to help them succeed in the mobile military lifestyle.

WAYS TO CELEBRATE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD

This year, Month of the Military Child will be much different than years past.  With the Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, kids are at home.  Therefore, we will not be able to enjoy the celebrations at school or communitywide.  But, we can still celebrate!  We can celebrate our children at home and in other creative ways. 

JOIN MILITARYBRIDGE ON APRIL 15TH TO CELEBRATE MILITARY KIDS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.  WE WILL PURPLE UP ON FACEBOOK & SHARE FAVORITE PHOTOS OR STORIES OF OUR MILITARY KIDDOS.  WE CAN STILL CELEBRATE AND HONOR OUR MILITARY CHILDREN, WE JUST NEED TO DO IT A BIT DIFFERENT THIS YEAR.  

Years past below is how the month has been celebrated. 

Wear purple on Purple Up Day/Week - Wearing purple is a visible way for everyone to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices.

Web Site Feature - Schools can promote the Month of the Military Child on their web sites. Provide links to sites that offer resources for military families.

Publicize Installation/Community Events - Use the school newsletter to publicize Month of the Military Child events and activities hosted by the installation/community. Look for ways schools can contribute to these celebrations (setting up an information or activity booth, having teachers volunteer at events and activities, etc.).

Host an Assembly for Month of the Military Child - Hold a school assembly honoring military children. Include a performance by the band. Have students write a poem about what it means to be a military child and select several student volunteers to read their poems.

Salute to Military Children at Sporting Events - Have the announcer make a special announcement before, during or after sporting events recognizing all military children. Have them raise the flag, sing the National Anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Teachers Salute Military Children - Ask teachers at your school make a special project with their classes such as a picture frame, bookmark, journal, etc., that ties into the Month of the Military Child.

PURPLE UP DAY/WEEK FOR MILITARY CHILDREN

This year, in DoDEA Americas, Purple Up Day will be celebrated the whole week to give schools the opportunity to choose the day that best fits their needs within the dates below.  Wear purple to show your support for military kids on your designated day!  This year, from home. 

DATES FOR PURPLE UP DAY--WEAR PURPLE IN HONOR OF MILITARY CHILDREN

With the Coronavirus pandemic it will be a bit different this year.  Schools will not be able to celebrate in school, but we can still celebrate at home. 

April 15 (Don't forget to join us on Facebook as we honor our military kids all day long)

HQ
Europe & Pacific
Americas
Schools in the following Americas communities will celebrate

April 8

Ft. Stewart, SC Schools

April 10

Camp Lejeune Schools

TBD

Ft. Bragg
Dahlgren
Puerto Rico

Past year, throughout the country schools and communities take time to recognize the contributions of children whose parents serve in the military. Military kids often face frequent moves, deployments, and reintegration making school, home, and community-life often challenging for military children. However, faced with such circumstances military children often continue to demonstrate resilience and courage.

The entire month of April is dedicated to honoring and celebrating our military kiddos. Purple Up Day is a special day designated #PurpleUp for Military Kids--on this day everyone should wear Purple to show your support of military children nationwide.

Give your military kiddos a hug and be sure to thank them---Military Kids Serve Too!

Visit U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity to learn more about Month of the Military Child

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