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Cultivating Healthy Communities

Learn How You Can Help Support Area Military Kids

Springfield--Reintegration after deployment often is a stressful time for military families, especially for kids who may experience anxiety and need assistance to cope during what can be a long adjustment period as their lives begin to return to normal at home and school.

On Nov. 19 find out how you can help support military kids in southeastern Vermont at a Ready, Set, Go! information session sponsored by Operation: Military Kids (OMK), a program of University of Vermont Extension 4-H. The meeting will be held at the Springfield Town Library, 43 Main St., Springfield, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Ready, Set, Go! is designed to help community members understand the realities of all phases of the deployment, especially reintegration, and its impact on local families, particularly kids. It also provides a framework to build strong community support networks.

At the session, you will hear about programs OMK has to offer military youths, including hero packs, school vacation camps and afterschool classes on digital photography, robotics and other fun subjects. You also will learn about the many ways you can volunteer either for one-time events or as part of a community team to support local military families.

Contact Jahnine Spaulding, OMK AmeriCorps VISTA member, at (802)656-2073 by Nov. 16 to register. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by Nov. 5.

Vermont OMK partners with community organizations throughout the state to provide activities and support for 4,000 military kids. It operates in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National 4-H program and U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services.

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