April is the Month of the Military Child

As we celebrate the Month of the Military Child we offer personal thanks to each Armed Forces family. Starting with Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger in 1986, the serving Secretary of Defense has designated each April as "The Month of the Military Child."  Frequent moves and extended family separation make military life especially challenging.  Please join us in acknowledging and honoring our military students and their experiences. 

Wednesday April 26th is Purple Up! for Military Kids Day at Mitchell School. 
 Wearing the color purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and 
sacrifices.  Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Air Force, and Navy blue.

We shared a portion of the Reading Rainbow video A Day in the Life of a Military Family with students in their classrooms and military-connected students and some parents are sharing their experiences.

We made a bulletin board in the center of our school to honor and celebrate students from our military families.  We are helping our young military children discover their SPARC...  

Each of our military students will be signing their names next to the branch of service in which their parent(s) serve and placing pushpins on the many different states and countries they've lived.  We are proud of them!

The poem "The Dandelion – The Official Flower of the Military Child" is also posted on the bulletin board. We wanted to share it with you.

Don't forget....
Wednesday April 26th is PURPLE UP! Day at Mitchell School. Wear purple to show your support for military-connected youth.

For more information on supporting military families in Kittery schools, please go to: