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Schriever honors military children

Tech. Sgt. Cara Bradbury helps pick out a free book with Isabella Bacon, 4, and Lily Bacon, 6, donated by a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military families. Schriever's Child Development Center hosted this organization here in preparation for the Month of the Military Child March 28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Tech. Sgt. Cara Bradbury helps pick out a free book with Isabella Bacon, 4, and Lily Bacon, 6, donated by a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military families. Schriever's Child Development Center hosted this organization here in preparation for the Month of the Military Child March 28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Riley Silveira, 9, picks out a book donated by a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military families. Schriever's Child Development Center hosted Blue Star Families here in preparation for the Month of the Military Child March 28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Riley Silveira, 9, picks out a book donated by a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military families. Schriever's Child Development Center hosted Blue Star Families here in preparation for the Month of the Military Child March 28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Schriever Child Development Center School Age Program got a head start on the Month of the Military Child celebrations with a book giveaway at the CDC for military children and families March 28.

"The Month of the Military Child in April lets us pause to officially recognize our military children for their accomplishments and resilience," said Mary Barkley, Airman and Family Services Flight chief. "We want to use this month to not only acknowledge how strong military children are but to focus on them through the struggles they encounter due to the lifestyle that comes with being part of the military."

The Month of the Military Child officially begins April 1 and was established by Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in 1986. The month is recognized each April for the contribution that military children make as their parents serve the nation. During April each year, all branches and components of the military provide special days and events to honor military families and children.

"We've scheduled various children's events through the month that focus on the children," said Barkley. "These are events they will enjoy."

Vicki Rygiel, Schriever School Age Program coordinator, worked with a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting military youth and families with over 70 chapters on military bases. The organization handed out more than $2500 worth of books at the giveaway.

"This organization and our School Age Program recognize the unique journey each child in a military family travels. The children are challenged with special obligations and sacrifices," said Rygiel. "The Month of the Military Child honors and supports these bright and shining stars of our military families."

The CDC here has planned events throughout the month to honor military children. These events include a community color run April 4, sports jersey day April 8, parent story day April 10, and more.

Rygiel provided a complete schedule of Schriever events for the Month of the Military Child, which is available online.

In addition to events honoring military children, the official Schriever Facebook page, will be highlighting children from the CDC throughout the month with special 'Salute to Schriever' posts.

"Families play an important role in the support of military members," said Maj. Justin Long, 50th Force Support Squadron commander. "Often, children of military members are greatly impacted by the military lifestyle of moves and deployments. A significant moment to each military child is often wrapped around a deployment of a parent or their [homecoming]. The Month of the Military Child is an opportunity for us to focus on the sacrifices that military children make each and every day."

Read more about the Month of the Military Child at http://www.monthofthemilitarychild.com/ and, for more information about Schriever events in recognition of the Month of the Military Child, contact the CDC at 567-4742.
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