Operation: Military Kids to Celebrate Month of the Military Child in April
- By Stephanie Atwood
Burlington--To recognize the service and sacrifice of kids whose parents or guardians serve in the military, the U.S. Department of Defense has designated April as the Month of the Military Child.
In Vermont, Operation: Military Kids (OMK), a program of University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, will host several activities during this month for, and in honor of, the state's 4,000 military kids. They are among the more than one million kids nationwide under the age of 18 who have one or both parents serving in the National Guard or armed forces.
Some of the planned events include:
APRIL 1--MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD POSTER CONTEST. OMK will announce the winners of this annual poster contest for students, ages 5 to 18. Posters reflect the theme that April is the Month of the Military Child and that children of military families serve, too.
April 15--PURPLE UP! FOR MILITARY KIDS DAY. Vermonters are asked to show their support for military kids on this day by wearing purple, the official color that represents all military branches. Anyone who dresses in purple on this day is invited to send a photo or two as an attached file to OMKVermont@uvm.edu to be posted on the Vermont OMK Facebook page.
April 20--THE OMK CHALLENGE. OMK and Norwich University will host a free day of outdoor games and activities, including parachute games, juggling, hula hoops and more for military kids at Norwich University in Northfield.
April 23--STATE HOUSE CELEBRATION OF MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD. Military kids will be honored at the Vermont State House in Montpelier with a special proclamation signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin and recognition by the House of Representatives during their morning session. Participants in the OMK school vacation camp in Colchester will visit the State House during the day. Winning entries in the Month of the Military Child poster contest will be on display.
For more information about these and other planned celebrations and activities, visit the Vermont OMK web site (www.uvm.edu/extension/omk) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OMKVermont). Or contact Stephanie Atwood, OMK coordinator, at (802) 656-0346 or by e-mail at OMKVermont@uvm.edu.