The month of November is recognized as Military Family Appreciation Month. During this time, we are all able to extend a heartfelt thanks to the families of 1.3 million active duty military and more than 800,000 reserve members of the Armed Forces. Through deployments, training, and frequent moves there is no doubt that military families face many challenges that sometimes affect children’s experiences with and performance in school. However, these challenges can also serve as opportunities. Students of USD 475 know this more than most, as more than 60% of the district population is made of military students.
Those challenges and opportunities presented to military families are recognized nationwide this month. Here are a few ideas on how your family can participate in Military Family Appreciation Month and show your thanks.
- Make a card. It’s such a simple gesture, yet your words may be just the thanks, encouragement, or reassurance they need. Sit down with your kids and have a discussion about the military, and how their families are affected daily, so they can understand the true meaning behind the card.
- Buy tickets to local attractions, museums, and sporting events that support the military.
- Send a care package. Deployed troops have to go without many things we take for granted each and every day. By putting together a care package of groceries, first aid items, toiletries, books, etc., you can really make an impact on someone who is away from their family and their home.
- Fly a flag. It’s one of the simplest ways to show your support for our country and the millions of servicemen, but make sure you follow the rules for display. Not exactly sure what those are? Check out the American Flag Rules You Should Know on Learning Liftoff.
Geary County Schools is proud to serve the families of our nation’s heroes and this month we salute you!