Month of the Military Child: The Army honors military children during April

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

 

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From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age do not experience.

In an effort to recognize the hard work and applaud the courage of military children, the Department of Defense began recognizing April as Month of the Military Child in 1986.

This year’s theme is “Young Lives, BIG Stories.” It highlights the unique lifestyles, contributions and sacrifices of military children.

On-post Child Development Centers, School Age Centers, Youth Centers and Libraries will be hosting in-house activities throughout the month. Check out these special upcoming events, open to all:

•April 1–30. Military children bowl free. Bowling centers are at Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks. One free game for two military children ages 17 and under when one adult game is purchased. Call 438-6733 or 655-0573.

•April 14, 6 p.m. Stuffed animal sleepover at Sgt. Yano Library, Schofield Barracks, or sleepover at 6 p.m., April 15, at Fort Shafter Library. Children may drop off their furry friends for a night at the library. Call 655-8002 or 438-9521.

•April 19, 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Fun Fest and Earth Day at Weyand Field, Schofield Barracks. Take part in a day of family activities for all ages, including a fun run, entertainment, games, rides and much more. Call 655-0111.

•April 19, 2-5 p.m. Boat race and treasure dive at Richardson Pool, Schofield Barracks. Float, sink or swim with boat races, treasure dives and slingshot splash games. Call 655-0002.

•April 26, 5:30-9 p.m. Land of Oz Parent-Child Ball at Nehelani, Schofield Barracks. Price is $13 for ages 3-11; $17 for ages 12 and up. Formal attire is suggested. Call 655-4466.

•April 29, 6:30-7:30 a.m. PT in the Gym at Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center. Soldiers and families can participate in a 30-minute aerobic routine followed by a continental breakfast. Call 836-1923.

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