APRIL is Month of the Military Child.  Nationwide, over 1 million children makeup a part of our military community.  Closer to home, here in Craven County we have 24% of our students who are military-connected.  This special celebration is a legacy of former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger and was established to celebrate  and honor the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. 

 

Did you know?

  • North Carolina has 6 major military installations and ranks 3rd largest in the number of military school aged children behind only Texas, California, and Virginia.
  • 24% of the students that attend Craven County Schools are military-connected.  Every school in our county has a military child in attendance.
  • The rate of military mobility is more than twice that of the civilian population (37% versus 15%). 
  • The military child will move an average of 6 - 9 times between kindergarten and graduation.
  • According to Military K-12 Partners, today there are over 1.2 million military children and since 2001 approximately 2 million children have experienced the deployment of a parent.
  • Deployments typically last from 6 - 12 months which leaves children missing their parent for an extended period of time.
  • Military kids have the opportunity for lots of rewarding and enriching experiences.  With more than 500 military bases around the world, many military kids live aborad and experience other cultures.  They develop strong bonds with their family and community.  They learn how to be responsible, flexible, and adaptable.

 

 

**Ask your school what activities they have planned to celebrate and see the main page under Upcoming Events for invitiations.

 

** Contact your Military Liaison Counselor for more information or for ideas on ways your school and community can celebrate this occasion.

 

Take time to recognize and thank a military child for their service and sacrifice!!

 

 

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