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 Ways to Recognize Month of the Military Child

​April is designated as Month of the Military Child. However, like birthdays, holidays, weddings, parties, and other celebrations, we have to get creative during COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

Here are a few ideas schools, teachers, families, parent-teacher groups, and neighbors can use to show military children that their sacrifice is important too. 

The theme for Month of the Military Child 2020 is Overcoming Challenges-Adapting Today for a Stronger Tomorrow! a fitting topic for the unexpected challenges the pandemic has brought recently.

Below are a few ways to celebrate at home, courtesy of the school liaison officer for Naval Base Point Loma:

  • Add a frame to your Facebook profile photo and search "Month of the Military Child"

  • Create a military-themed virtual "spirit week" at home with each day dedicated to a military theme, such as Camo Day; Hero Day; Red, White, and Blue Day; and Purple Up Day.

  • Encourage your social community to participate in Purple Up Day by wearing purple on April 22 to show solidarity with all military children and use #purpleup4militarykids and #purpleup when posting on social media

  • Wear purple during virtual class meetings on April 22

  • Invite military parents to attend their child’s virtual classroom

  • Host an at-home appreciation breakfast for your military kid or #MilKid, and invite others to attend through a video conference

  • Create and present Month of the Military Child appreciation certificates to your military child using this editable PDF

  • Promote Month of the Military Child on your school website, and list activities that will take place on different days during the month.

  • Have students show something military-related – such as memorabilia from an installation or service branch, favorite airplane, or a book – during class virtual meeting

A Month of the Military Child toolkit is available on the Military Child Education Coalition website