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Middletown Celebrates April Month of the Military Child

Middletown Prevention Coalition
April 5, 2018

Middletown Celebrates April Month of the Military Child

Did you know that April is the Month of the Military Child? Did you know that Middletown Public Schools have the highest percentage of kids from military families (including international students) in the State of Rhode Island?  Did you know that Forest Avenue School has the largest percentage of military kids in the state?

 

Month of the Military Child honors the sacrifices military families make and celebrates the important role children play in the military community. To celebrate, the Middletown Prevention Coalition, a coalition of individuals from the public and private sectors whose vision is to create a safe, healthy and drug free Middletown, has partnered with our Middletown schools to help them recognize our military kids this month and acknowledge their unique service to our nation.

 

At Gaudet Middle School and Middletown High School, table tent cards will highlight famous military kids such as Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Aguilera and Mark Hamill who all grew up in military families.  Sports legends Ray Allen, Bart Starr, Shaquille O’Neal, Tiger Woods and even New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick were also military kids.  Our elementary school children will receive a memento celebrating the month as a symbol of our support.

 

The celebrity military kids mentioned grew up to become giants in their field. There are hundreds more like them. But what about our local military kids? Like many, they may face stresses from constant moving, adjusting to new schools and towns, deployed parents, friends lost and new friends gained.  Has your child or grandchild made friends with any military kids? Have you taken the time to get to know them and their families? Many will be gone this June, off to new duty stations or back to their home countries. How did you make their year in Middletown memorable? Reach out to them especially this month, the Month of the Military Child.

 

Thomas F. Lyons

Chair

Middletown Prevention Coalition