|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
Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services program
paint jars to make piggy banks during a financial readiness
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
“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
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
YC teens also will participate in the event “Deployment: It’s Not a
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
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
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