April is the Month of the Military Child!
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child; a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. Month of the Military Child is sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy and supported by many other organizations, including the ADE Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.
Celebrating Month of the Military Child Online
Because of the closure of schools in Arkansas to combat the COVID19 pandemic, school districts are encouraged to engage in activities primarily via social media. The Arkansas State Council of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission has created the following schedule and themes for each week of April:
April 6-10 (Week 1): Tell Your Story Week. Families can post pictures and vignettes about their experiences as a military family to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #ArMilKids. Families are encouraged to tag the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) at @ArkansasEd (Facebook and Twitter) and arkansas_ed (Instagram) and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) at @MIC3.Compact (Facebook) and @MIC3Compact (Twitter).
April 13-17 (Week 2): Purple Up Selfie Week! School staff, students, and family members are encouraged to wear purple, take selfies, and post them on social media. Persons posting materials are encouraged to tag DESE and MIC3 and to use the hashtag
April 20-24 (Week 3): Pamper Your Palate with Purple Week. There are numerous recipes for purple foods available on the Internet. They range from as simple as adding purple food coloring to a dish to using naturally purple ingredients such as grapes or berries. Families are encouraged to prepare purple foods together and post pictures on social media. Persons posting materials are encouraged to tag DESE and MIC3 and to use the hashtag.
April 27-30 (Week 4): Read a Good Book Week. Parents or older siblings are encouraged to read a military related children’s book to younger children. Pictures may be taken and posted on social media. Videos of the actual reading of the book should not be posted in order to avoid copyright infringement. However, a video describing the book would be acceptable. Persons posting materials are encouraged to tag DESE and MIC3 and to use the hashtag. A partial list of military related children’s books can be found at http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/divisions/legal/military-families-and-veterans/resources
For more information, please contact:
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 104-A
Little Rock, AR 72201