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Month of the Military Child comes to close

By Pfc. Brendan Roethel | | May 3, 2013


Children celebrated the culminating event for the Month of the Military Child at the Child Devel­opment Centers aboard Marine Corps Air Sta­tion Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Par­ris Island, April 26.

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child. The month rec­ognizes the contribution military children make as their parent or parents serve our nation. During April, special days and events are put in place to honor military families and their children.

The culminating event for MCRD Parris Island was a cookout and CDC Parade and the Air Station CDC’s culminating event was the Fun Day Carnival. The events are used to fin­ish the Month of the Mili­tary Child with a bang.

“We have bouncy hous­es, games, tricycles and snow cones for the chil­dren to enjoy,” said Helen Rogers, the director of the Child Development Center aboard the Air Sta­tion. “It’s a fun event for the kids; imagine how you would feel as a kid know­ing there was a festival just to celebrate everything you do. That is what this event is for, the children.”

This is the biggest event these children have looked forward to, said Rogers. Months before Month of the Military Child even begins, children ask if it’s almost time for the Fun Day Carnival.

“The event serves as an opportunity for par­ents to spend time with their children in a fun environment,” said Rog­ers. “It also gives par­ents insight into who their children’s caretak­ers are, and what we do to ensure that their child receives the best care.”

Events like the cook­out and parade at the CDC aboard Parris Is­land, and the Fun Day Carnival at the CDC aboard the Air Station give children and their parents an opportunity to let loose and have fun while spending quality time with one another.