Free Summer Registration and Purple Up! Open House & Tour
Monday, April 16 is Purple Up! day in Edinburg, a time to recognize and appreciate military children for their service and sacrifice. In honor of that day each Boys & Girls Club staff will wear purple and the Club will host a military youth open house and club tour as a visual tribute to military children from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The first 25 military youth in attendance will receive a free purple club shirt. 100% of school age military dependents from reserve and active Army, Marine, and Coast Guard, Air Force and Navy will receive a free summer registration valued at $100.
Sabrina Walker Hernandez, CEO of the Club and whose spouse serve as a Major in the US Army Reserve said, “highlighting this day helps build awareness for the needs of military families. They 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.”
There are over 2 million children with parents who are serving in our military, and most are in grades K-12. 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 % 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.
We invite the community to join us in honoring and thanking military children for their strength and sacrifices by wearing purple on April 16. This is a special way of showing support and recognition for the sacrifices that come with having military family members.