Free Summer Registration, Purple Up! Open House & Easter Egg Hunt
April is Month of the Military Child, a time to celebrate our military and veteran-connected children and their families for their service and sacrifice. Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV is celebrating with free summer registration for each school age military dependent.
In addition, the Club is promoting Purple Up! on Thursday, April 13. Each Boys & Girls Club staff will wear purple and will host a military youth open house and club Easter Egg Hunt featuring a one of a kind “PURPLE” egg as a visual tribute to military children. The first 25 military youth in attendance will receive a free purple club shirt. Also, purple ribbons will be made available to those military connected families designed and printed by Club members using a 3D printer.
Sabrina Walker Hernandez, CEO of the Club and whose spouse served as a Captain in the US Army Reserve said, “Children in military households face unique challenges because of the demands of military life such as frequent moves, parental deployments, and life transitions including reintegration and dealing with profoundly changed parents. So, we want to acknowledge them. In their own way, military-connected children serve alongside their military parents.”
Nearly four million children and youth have parents serving in the Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve forces, as well as those of post 9/11 Veterans. Many military and veteran-connected children face the challenges of frequent transition, mobility, and separation throughout their lives. Academic, social, and emotional challenges can arise from reintegration, prolonged separations, ill or wounded parents, and even trauma. The well-being of these children depends heavily on a network of supportive adults. Every school district in America has military-connected children and youth: over 80% of military-connected children attend U.S. public schools, and less than 8 percent attend Department of Defense schools.
We ask much of military children. After more than a decade of war, the well-being of all military-connected children and youth depends heavily on a strong, consistent network of supportive adults. Mentors, role models, and teachers play a pivotal role in the life of a military child.