Maine DOE Celebrates April as “The Month of the Military Child”

The Maine Department of Education along with the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3), and Governor Paul R. LePage have declared April “The Month of the Military Child” as a month-long awareness and celebration of military children and the important role they play in the community.

The declaration is part of a national movement celebrating The Month of the Military Child in April as a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

“We are aware of the struggles and sacrifices children make when they move in and out of different schools as part of the life-style of a military family,” said Maine Department of Education Commissioner Robert G. Hasson, Jr. “Great efforts are taken by MIC3 and local school officials to ensure that military children receive a quality, and comprehensive education throughout the school year, no matter where they live,” he added.

On April 20th the Maine DOE, and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) will be holding a proclamation and welcome event at the Maine State Library to honor children raised in military families. Present at the event will be a group of 12-15 children ages 8-18 who have been raised in military families and will be honorary guests at the Maine State Capitol as part of a day of actives to honor them.

April 20th will also be a day to wear the color purple in honor and support of military children. Local school districts are encouraged to join in the following week when they return from April vacation week and pick a day to wear purple.

For more information contact Rachel Paling at rachel.paling@maine.gov or (207) 624-6747 or Tyler Backus at tyler.backus@maine.gov or (207) 624-6727.

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