MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, SC --
The Air Station’s Child Development Center celebrates Month of the Military Child in April.
Month of the Military Child has been celebrated for years at military bases across the globe in order to recognize military children and the sacrifices they make while their parents serve in the military.
“I was once a military child myself, and it is hard to have to continuously move and adjust to new environments,” said Shemika Harmon, the CDC resource and referral specialist. “Military children are part of the military, too. They have to go through moving, changes and their parents being gone during deployments.”
Activities will kick off today with an Easter egg hunt outside the CDC at 9 a.m., with support from the Single Marine Program.
“These events give children a chance to get out of their usual day-to-day routine and feel appreciated,” Harmon said. “Children get a better understanding of the military while spending time with their parents.”
Events are hosted throughout the month. On the days that don’t have big events, each class participates in their own events.
“I think that this program is a great way to make children feel like they are a part of the military too,” said Sarah Torres, a spouse of a fightertown Marine. “It helps them understand what it is that their parents do.”
Participating children will also be creating artwork that will be shown around the Air Station and local establishments.
“It is fun to set things up and decide what games to play and be a part of making a great day for them,” said Leayn Barber, a program assistant with the CDC. “This recognition is just as important as all other monthly remembrances.”
Other upcoming events for Month of the Military Child are a parent picnic and parade, spaghetti dinner, faces pre-school bus and Fun Day at the end of the month.
“My favorite event is Fun Day because it is exciting to see the children in a different atmosphere (out of the classroom),” Harmon said. “The military children have a lot of fun interacting with eachother and their parents.”
Several organizations help to make Month of the Military Child possible aboard the Air Station, such as the Month of the Military Child community, SMP and parents who donate their time and money to the events.
“The CDC is the only day care that teaches military appreciation,” Torres said. “They are very family oriented and show that they care about the whole family. Children don’t normally get a chance to get involved as much in military events.”
The event will continue to be a part of military bases throughout the Department of Defense to boost morale of military children. For more information on upcoming CDC events, contact CDC at 228-7290.