Recognize & Celebrate Military Children
April is the “Month of the Military Child." School divisions are encouraged to take time to recognize the nation’s military servicemen and servicewomen, their families and their children.
April was designated as “The Month of the Military Child" by former Secretary of Defense, Caspar W. Weinberger in 1986 to recognize the contributions of children whose parents serve in the military and celebrate their spirit.
Often military children are looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life-changing events, but frequent moves, family separations through deployments and reintegration issues following deployments make life especially challenging for many military children.
School divisions are encouraged to take time in April, and throughout the year, to recognize the service of military servicemen and servicewomen, their families and their children. See this letter from the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) for more information about the “Month of the Military Child.”
Here are some possible “Month of the Military Child” activities:
- Create a “Wall of Honor” which features photos and short stories about service members connected to the school.
- Invite a veterans group to demonstrate flag etiquette and flag folding.
- Establish a Patriotic Day and encourage educators and students to wear patriotic colors.
- Invite service members to speak with classes about what it’s like to be in the military.
- On April 15 participate in Purple Up! by wearing purple in recognition of military kids, families and friends. For more information, see the Virginia 4-H Military Club flier about the month of the military child.
- Present military youth with a Certificate of Recognition. Service members are often recognized with certificates and medals for their outstanding service, and children will be able to hang their own certificate on the wall along with those of their parents.