Did you know that April is the Month of the Military Child?
There are approximately 1.2 million military children of active duty service members worldwide, and 80% of them attend public schools throughout the United States. During the month of April we recognize military kids for their sacrifice and bravery on the homefront.
If your school normally celebrates #MOTMC, particularly if you're in an area with a heavy military presence, you may be wondering what to do now that schools are closed and our in-person event plans are canceled. This is a great time to put out some virtual events to brighten students' days during online schooling!
- Schedule a MOTMC-themed virtual Spirit Week and ask students, families, teachers, and other stakeholders to share pictures of their daily adventures.
- Hold a virtual art or essay contest around a MOTMC theme, and share the students' hard work on your PTA pages.
- Share their stories! If you know of miltary kids in your area (and if they're willing and parents give the okay), why not let them share their #MilKid experience?
This is also a great opportunity to share information with your community around MOTMC and to reach out to military families in your school footprint.
- The Military Child Education Coalition has a MOTMC Toolkit at https://www.militarychild.org/MOMC_Toolkit with all kinds of great resources to help you celebrate.
- National PTA has a page full of resources for MOTMC, welcoming military families, and more at https://www.pta.org/home/events/About-Every-Child-in-Focus/Calendar/Month-of-the-Military-Child.
We'd love to hear what you have planned for this year's MOTMC! Please share your virtual events, activities, and other information with the Military Inclusion Chair at [email protected]