In a recent Spotlight article, I let you know about PURPLE UP! Day that took place April 15 at the Breslin Center. In this one-day event, Michigan State University Extension 4-H Military Partnerships: Operation Military Kids organized activities to recognize the sacrifices made by children of our service members. But this organization does much more than put on one event.
4-H Military Partnerships: Operation Military Kids offers social, recreational and educational opportunities to Michigan children in military families. Military kids may feel alone or unique in their situations, which may involve one or both parents being deployed. The program allows military children to meet with other children going through the same experiences. It also provides activities that help them to develop the skills needed to get through this time – skills they can carry with them as adults.
Recently, we’ve offered additional support in the Upper Peninsula. 4-H program coordinators Meredith Imler in Dickinson County and Melanie Greenfield in Chippewa County will now spend 25 percent of their time on developing the 4-H Military Partnerships: Operation Military Kids program in their counties. We don’t want to leave out the more than 600 military children in the U.P.
Thanks to Extension educator Kendra Moyses who coordinates the program.