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.