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MCEC National Training Seminar – Day 1 Impressions

06.28.2016, by Susan Conolly

Day 1 of the Military Child Education Coalition’s National Training Seminar was very interesting and informative! The theme is “Grit-Determination-Perseverance” and is an homage to our Military children. These are words that describe what our kids possess and what we as parents, educators, and members of the communities surrounding our Military installations, can help enhance and encourage within them.

I appreciate the theme and will say that I have seen those 3 qualities displayed countless times in the Military kids I have known, including my own!

One of my favorite quotes states "Courage is not always a roar. Sometimes it is a small voice saying I'll try again tomorrow.” I’m sorry to say I don’t know who wrote that, but I have witnessed that courage in my own kids as they were growing up. As a mom, sometimes your heart aches for them as they start again at another new school: making friends, finding their place, learning the different ways of doing things at the new school, joining new teams, clubs, and other extra-curricular activities.

As a parent, you think how brave they are to do it again and again. As a parent you are so very proud. I look forward to learning more about how to support our Military kids. They deserve the best we have to offer; they are the best of us.
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