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Three Easy Ways to Celebrate Month of the Military Child

04.01.2015, by Susan Conolly

Written by: Amy Soupene

April is upon us!  Spring is taking hold and warming us from the chills of winter.  Flowers are emerging with bright pops of welcome color.  School children are starting to count down the days until summer break.  Easter, Income Tax deadlines and Earth Day all take place in April.  Do you know what other important celebration occurs in April?  It’s the Month of the Military Child, of course!

The service of military children is easy to overlook.  Let’s take a minute to slow down and appreciate what the life of a military child entails.  The following are just a few of the challenges military children face:  moving and starting over on an average of every 1-3 years, attending 6-9 different schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, and multiple deployments of a parent.  Throughout all of this, military children are resilient and patriotic.  They know first-hand what it feels like to be the new kid, so they are usually the first one to welcome a new student to school.

Military kids are a treasured resource and they sacrifice and serve in their own way.  To honor their service, in 1986 Caspar Weinberger declared April as the Month of the Military Child.  Schools, organizations and installations will be honoring and celebrating military children all over the world.

There are approximately 4 million military children; wherever you see a military presence there are undoubtedly children that are personally impacted.  We would love for you to get involved and help us raise a cheer for military children this month.  The Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) has created the Month of the Military Child Tool Kit with FREE downloadable resources.

Three Ways You Can Celebrate:
Download and print an 11x17 poster announcing the Month of the Military Child
Download and create Certificates of Recognition for presentation
Download stickers so you can “Purple Up” and show your support of military children everywhere

The beautiful artwork displayed on the poster and the certificates are personal creations of military children.

Open the MCEC’s Month of the Military Child Tool Kit.
Click here to check out the Month of the Military Child web page
Click here to read the 2015 On the Move magazine - Month of the Military Child edition

However you want to celebrate the Month of the Military Child is up to you and the MCEC wants to ensure you have the resources to make it memorable.  Thank you for all you do to support military children and their families!