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Military Families Invited to Beat the Heat at Pool Party

Child Swimming in Pool

White River Junction--University of Vermont Extension's Operation: Military Kids (OMK) will host a pool party and field day with food, outdoor fun and games for military families, Aug. 17 in White River Junction.

The free event will be held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center (100 Arboretum Lane) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is designed to help families network with other military families as well as connect with OMK partners, including community businesses, to learn about resources, youth programs, services and general support available to them during deployment.

In addition to swim time, kids and their parents can enjoy the indoor splash park with a lazy river, water features and 110-foot speed slide. They'll also have a chance to make different crafts, compete in water balloon and three-legged races, test their speed and skills on the obstacle course and take part in other games and activities including a bouncy house. Lunch will be provided by the Greene Mountain Boys Texas BBQ, which is owned by Jim Greene of St. Albans, a member of the Vermont Army National Guard.

Although there is no cost to attend, registration is required. Go to to sign up. Registrations will be accepted up to the day of the event. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact OMK coordinator Stephanie Atwood at (802) 656-0346 by Aug. 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.