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March 22, 2013

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CDC, School Age/Youth Center plan events to observe Month of the Military Child

The Fort McCoy Child Development Center (CDC) and School Age/Youth Center (SAC/YC) programs have many activities planned in April, which is celebrated as the Month of the Military Child.

Chelsey Smith, CDC director, said the CDC children, who are ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, will hold an art show weekly in the CDC lobby, building 1796.
PHOTO: Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services program paint jars to make piggy banks during a financial readiness activity. Contributed photo
Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services program paint jars to make piggy banks during a financial readiness activity.
(Contributed photo)

Each week will feature artwork from different classrooms, she said.

CDC youth also will participate in activities such as making handprint flags, performing a Strong Beginnings song and dance presentation, wearing blue in support of child abuse prevention, wearing purple in support of military children, wearing green during a community clean-up walk to celebrate Earth Day, and conducting reading and jazz dance events.

“Military patrons are encouraged to pick a day during the month to read to their child’s classroom and join them for lunch,” Smith said. “We plan on doing a number of activities to spotlight military children throughout the month.”

Cori Yahnke, Fort McCoy YC director, said the Fort McCoy SAC/YC program also has a number of events scheduled to help youth learn about and support military personnel. SAC/YC program children are in grades kindergarten through 12.

All children are scheduled to write letters to include in Hero Packs for servicemembers, Yahnke said.

“This will include all youth in our program learning more about military children and their sacrifices,” she said. “All youth also will write a note of thanks to a military youth. A day’s activity will allow youth to share a message with a military Family” at the website www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces.

The youth also will join Wisconsin Operation Military Kids (OMK) on Facebook, and military youth will be encouraged to sign up for OMK Summer Camp, which can be done through the website http://fyi.uwex.edu/wiomk.

YC teens also will participate in the event “Deployment: It’s Not a Game.”

Yahnke said this event helps them gain an understanding of some of the aspects of deployment and what happens when a parent is absent from a Family.

Dates, times and activities are subject to change, Yahnke and Smith said. Call the numbers listed for details or confirmation.
For more information about CDC activities during April in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-2238.

For more information about SAC/YC activities during April at the installation or OMK opportunities in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-4373.

(See related story, IMCOM Month of the Military Child.) (See related story, Lock-In.)

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